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Man set clothing on fire in Plaistow bus shelter stand-off

PUBLISHED: 11:16 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:43 12 August 2016

The scene in Barking Road, Plaistow     Picture: Lgee Faure

The scene in Barking Road, Plaistow Picture: Lgee Faure

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A man who stood on a bus shelter and threatened to set himself on fire has been released by police.

The 42-year-old doused himself in petrol and set an item of his clothing alight while officers tried to coax him down from the shelter in Barking Road, Plaistow.

Police and firefighters extinguished the burning item after being called at about 8.40 on Sunday evening, with paramedics on standby.

By 11pm the man, who was uninjured, had come down from the shelter and was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and violating public order offences.

He was taken in custody to an east London police station but no further action was taken.

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