Man arrested after three-day armed standoff ends in London

Police feared the man had barricaded himself inside a house with a stockpile of petrol

A man who barricaded himself inside a house in London has been held after police brought a three day stand-off to an end.

Police feared the man had a stockpile of petrol in the house and around 80 people were evacuated in the area as a precaution.

An area with a radius of 200 metres was sealed off as police tried to negotiate with the man.

Police forced their way into the property on Wood End Lane in Northolt on Sunday evening and a search is now underway.

There has been no suggestion that what happened was terror-related. 

London Metropolitan Chief Superintendent Paul Martin said: "I am really pleased that this incident has now ended - and importantly ended without anyone coming to harm.

"Our key priority throughout this was to get the man out of the address safely as we had growing concerns about his well-being and believed him to be in crisis.

"After attempts to negotiate over a number of days did not work, we used specialist officers to work out how we could gain entry to the address as safely as we could. They did that this evening."

Earlier police confirmed they were treating seriously reports the man was in possession of items that “appeared hazardous and dangerous - as they are said to include quantities of petrol and combustible material."