Homes in east London have been evacuated after a man barricaded himself inside of a flat and made threats to “blow it up,” police said.

Scotland Yard said residents from Earlsdown House, in Barking, have been told to leave after the male made the threats on Tuesday night.

The force said: “A man has barricaded himself inside a flat in Earlsdown House in Wheelers Cross and has threatened to set the building alight.

“As a precaution all residents from the building have been evacuated. No reported injuries.

“Police negotiators are currently on scene talking to a male on the 7th floor of a block of flats who has barricaded himself inside and threatening to blow the flat up and burn the block down. The incident is ongoing and we’ll provide updates as and when we can.”

A resident who had to be evacuated told the Standard people were hurried out of their homes, after a man reportedly told police he had petrol in his flat and wanted to “blow the block up”.

The witness, who asked not to be named, said officers and the council were liaising with one another about where evacuated families could go.

Se said: “The whole block has been evacuated. I don’t know how many, it’s every person and family evacuated.

“Parents aren’t even allowed to [go] back and get baby milk and nappies. They don’t know how long it will go on for.”

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