London emergency: Man detained after car crashes into police station and road set alight

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Dramatic video footage on social media showed a vehicle partially embedded into the entrance of a building. Footage also showed a man revving his engine ferociously, with smoke coming out of the tyres, before he jumped out, opened the back door of the vehicle and grabbed what appeared to be bottle of petrol. A trail of liquid was spread into the middle of the road before it was ignited.

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A cordon was up around the police station in Fore Street, Edmonton, in north London, after the crash took place at 6.58pm this evening.

Sirens were seen flashing around the station, while officers circled the scene to ensure members of the public did not get too close.

Police said a man has been detained in connection with the incident.

The vehicle remains at the scene and is being examined by specialist officers.

London emergency: Man detained after car crashes into police station and road set alight

London emergency: Vehicle crashes into Edmonton police station (Image: TWITTER)

London emergency: Man detained after car crashes into police station and road set alight

The vehicle remains at the scene in Edmonton (Image: TWITTER)

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At around 6.58pm on Wednesday, November 11, a vehicle collided with the station office at Edmonton Police Station.

“A man – no further details – has been detained in connection with the incident.

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“The vehicle remains at the scene.

“Specialist officers are in attendance while it is examined.

London emergency: Man detained after car crashes into police station and road set alight

MP Kate Osamor also warned the public of a “major incident” (Image: TWITTER)

“At this stage we have not been informed of any injuries.

“London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade are present.

“The police station has been evacuated and a large police cordon is in place.”

Peter Allimadi, 30, from Edmonton, who works in Whitehall, said he heard “shouting, a loud crash and sirens from everywhere”.

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London emergency: Man detained after car crashes into police station and road set alight

A police cordon is also up around the police station in Fore Street (Image: TWITTER)

He said: “I came out of the Lidl to see what the commotion was about.

“Police were screaming instructions to citizens to back away, some scared shoppers, commuters and parents running from the scene.”

MP Kate Osamor also warned the public of a “major incident”.

London emergency: Man detained after car crashes into police station and road set alight

Police officers were evacuated after the crash (Image: TWITTER)

She tweeted: “A major incident has been declared at Edmonton Green police station.

“Please stay safe if you’re in the area.”

Additional reporting by Michael Knowles and John Twomey.

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