A major incident was reported and a police station in North London (UK) was evacuated after a car crashed into the driveway of a police station and a fire was set.
The incident, which occurred in Edmonton on the northern outskirts of the city, was declared a “major incident” according to local MP Kate Osamor.
A car “collided with the station office around 7 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET),” according to a police statement, and a man was arrested. “The vehicle remains at the scene of the crime,” the statement said. “Special officers are present while it is being investigated. No injuries have been reported to us at this time.
“London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade are present. The police station has been evacuated and a large police cordon has been set up.
There are a number of different videos of the incident showing a man getting out of his car after hitting the police station, pouring a substance onto the road before setting fire to it when a police car arrives. It is reported that an unidentified person attacked the man before the officers arrived, but this was not verified. A number of officers then hold him on the ground.
So… someone crashed his car into the Edmonton Green police station and then tried to burn the car down.
The brother-in-law recorded this: pic.twitter.com/DB2gw1DKaW
– JJ (@ozgurhass) November 11, 2020
Just before the police arrest the man who crashed in the Edmonton police station… tonight pic.twitter.com/39wu940QRp
– London & UK Crime (@CrimeLdn) November 11, 2020
Investigations are underway and it is unclear what charges will be brought against the suspect. It is not known whether this will be treated as a terrorist incident.
The level of Britain’s terrorist threat has been raised, meaning that an attack is “very likely” after the incidents in Austria and France, British officials said.
Home Secretary Priti Patel had said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre had changed the level of the terrorist threat from “significant” to “serious” amid concerns about follow-up attacks observed across Europe.
“We face a real and serious threat of terrorism in Britain,” Patel said. “I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police,” Patel said.
Following an alleged terrorist attack in the Austrian capital Vienna, four people were killed and 23 others injured. Shooters armed with knives and rifles opened fire in the city center at six different locations, including one near a synagogue.
Three people died after a knife attack in Nice, while the teacher Samuel Paty was murdered in Paris in October. Experts have told Washington Newsday that further terrorist attacks are “inevitable” after the attacks in France have further fuelled tensions between the country and Muslim communities.
The level of the terrorist threat in Britain has been “significant” since November last year, when it was reduced from “serious” for the first time in five years. The threat level “serious” is the second highest, only “critical” is above – it was reached in May 2017 following the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena.
Elsewhere in Europe, France has recently suffered a flood of Islamist militant attacks involving “lone fighters” of the jihadists. The French history teacher Paty was beheaded by a Chechen youth outside a school in a suburb of Paris, who was subsequently shot by police. When the French government introduced new measures to combat militant Islam, a Tunisian stabbed three people to death in a cathedral in Nice.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that Europe should not “give up” in the face of the attacks, as the heads of state and government had strongly condemned the shooting in Vienna. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply shocked by the horrific attacks”. Patel said earlier that Britain was “ready to support us in every way possible”.
This is an evolving story and will be updated as new information becomes available.