A car has crashed into a police station in the UK capital tonight before the road was set ablaze – with witnesses reporting an “attack”.
Metropolitan Police said a man in his 40s has been arrested after the shocking incident, which saw a car plough into Edmonton police station in north London before a man got out and doused the street in a flammable liquid.
Multiple people reported the man failed to ram through the doors of the station in Fore Street before then setting things alight with fluid from a container around 7pm.
Police confirmed one man was arrested, with the police station cordoned off and evacuated as onlookers watched on in horror.
He was apprehended and arrested by officers on suspicion of arson and a number of other offences, police added.
Footage posted on Twitter shows a man pouring flammable liquid on the road and then, while standing in front of a double-decker bus, he sets the road on fire.
Witnesses can be heard shouting as a police car pulls up and officers run out to tackle the man at a bus stop metres away.
Another police officer appears to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames on the road.
Later footage shows three police officers restraining a man on the ground feet from where his car is seen jutting out of the police station after smashing into it.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “At around 18:58hrs on Wednesday, 11 November a vehicle was driven at the station office at Edmonton Police Station in Fore Street, Edmonton.
“A man, aged in his 40s, is then believed to have left the vehicle before attempting to pour petrol on the vehicle and set fire to it.
“He was apprehended and arrested by officers on suspicion of arson and a number of other offences. He is now in custody at a north London police station.
“The vehicle remains at the scene. It has been examined by specialist officers and cordons have been reduced.
“No injuries to any police officers or members of the public have been reported.
“Officers have returned to the police station and residents who were evacuated as a precaution have returned home.
“Train services were interrupted but have resumed.
“Road closures are still in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.
“London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were in attendance.
“At this time this remains a local investigation but is being supported by counter-terrorism officers.”
Store manager Ogur Mazlum, 34, works nearby and witnessed the moment the car crashed into the police station.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Mazlum, who speaks limited English, his wife Serife Mazlum, 32, told the PA news agency: “He literally just walked out (of his shop) to just call me and see if everything’s OK at home.
“Then he said I have to shut the phone quickly.
“That was when the car crashed into the front of the police station.”
Mrs Mazlum said her husband saw that the car had crashed through a glass entrance to the police station and that a man was unable to enter through a second barrier despite attempts.
“He was insisting on trying to get inside, but the glass door wouldn’t break anymore so he couldn’t get any closer,” she added.
“Then he casually got out of the car with a tank of petrol. He poured it down from the car into the middle of the road and then he just set it on fire.”
Mrs Mazlum added that “luckily” the man had “missed a spot” and the flaming petrol did not reach traffic which had stopped on the road nearby.
She said another man watching the scene from across the street ran to intervene after the driver had set the fuel alight.
“He pinned (the driver) to the ground just as the police were arriving,” she said.
“So by the time the police came and got out of the cars, the citizen had already slammed him to the ground.”
She said efforts were then focused on extinguishing the fire, which was “just getting worse”.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on Twitter: “I’m in constant contact with the @MetPoliceUK Commissioner about the major incident in Edmonton this evening.
“I’m grateful to the police officers and other emergency services who brought the situation under control and continue to investigate the incident.”
Councillor Ergin Erbil tweeted: ‘”Reports of major incident declared at Edmonton Green police station.
“If you’re in the Fore Street area stay safe and be careful.”
Metropolitan Police said on Twitter earlier: “We’re aware of an incident at #Edmonton police station in #Enfield. More to follow.”
Twitter user @DoubleDeka wrote: “So I drive home from work and see a car intentionally crash into Edmonton Green police station and then the same man tried to set a fire.
“All hell broke lose and now my street is locked off.”
While @ModernDayJFK wrote: “Attack on Edmonton Green Police Station.
“Someone just drove into the station couldn’t get past the second set of doors then attempted to set the car and surrounding roads on fire.
“What the actual hell?”
Police remain on scene.