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Cordons in place in Bromley High Street after man pours petrol over himself in bank

PUBLISHED: 16:20 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 16 October 2018

The Metro Bank branch in Bromley High Street. Photo: Google Maps

The Metro Bank branch in Bromley High Street. Photo: Google Maps

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A 50-year-old man has been arrested after going into a bank in Bromley High Street and dousing both himself and the bank in petrol.

The Metropolitan Police said that the man entered Metro Bank in the High Street and covered himself and the bank in the flammable liquid.

Cordons were put in place while officers and firefighters made the area safe.

A Met Spokesman said: “Officers were called at 2.29pm on Tuesday, October 16, to reports that a man had entered a bank on High Street, Bromley, with a can of petrol.

“The man had apparently doused himself with petrol and threatened to immolate himself.

“Police attended and arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.”

London Fire Brigade were called to deal with the petrol spillage.

There was no ignition of the petrol, but one member of staff received minor injuries after being assaulted.

According to the local police Twitter feed @MPSBromley, the incident was not being treated as terror-related.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade confirmed firefighters were called to the high street at 2.31pm by the Metropolitan Police.

Firefighters ventilated the building and dealt with the spilt petrol, before leaving the scene at 3.14pm.

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