Hostage situation at Advantage HGV premises is over


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Police say a hostage situation at the Advantage HGV training offices in central London is over and that a man has been arrested.

It was reported that four people were taken hostage after a man walked into the firm's premises in Tottenham Court Road earlier today, saying he had nothing to live for after not getting an HGV Licence.

Police explosives experts and negotiators attended the scene when a man started throwing computers, furniture and paper from the building.

Eyewitnesses said a man had a gas canister tied to his body.

A new record? Just 73 minutes after becoming official, dealer sells first truck

No sooner had West Midlands dealer Aquila Truck Centres become an official Isuzu Truck (UK) dealer then it had sealed a deal for two N75 trucks.



The MAN service dealer, now an official sales, service and parts dealer for Isuzu Trucks (UK), struck the deal with Wolverhampton company ND Brown for two Isuzu Forward N75.190 tipper trucks just 73 minutes after the franchise became official.  

In conjunction with the new licence to sell Isuzu truck product Aquila named Garry Jones as its Isuzu franchise manager out of the Walsall office. It was he and Isuzu Truck fleet sales manager Bob Holt who visited ND Brown on the first morning of Aquila opening as the Isuzu franchise.

Peter Jones, MD of Aquila, says with 24/7 facilities at all six depots, Aquila is superbly placed to offer customers the full range of Isuzu trucks. “The Isuzu truck range also allows Aquila to get back into different sectors with the smaller 3.5 tonne range, which again compliments the Aquila offering within the West Midlands marketplace,” he says.

Aquila Truck Centres employs more than 160 staff, and operates a paint shop at Aldridge, and a petroleum regulation truck conversions and Authorised Test Facility at Telford.