Police have stepped in to dispel wild rumours about links to terrorism after a car crashed into a North London police station.
Shortly before 7pm on Thursday (November 11) reports started coming in about the incident at Edmonton Green Police Station, on Fore Street, in Edmonton.
Footage circulating online appeared to show a man get out of the car, pour a substance on the road – right in front of two London buses – and set it on fire.
Met Police officers were quickly on the scene and a man was arrested on suspicion of arson and a number of other offences.
Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.
With an incident as bizarre as this and with UK’s terror threat now at ‘severe’, fears quickly spread online that what happened was terror related.
The hashtag ‘#terror’ was used in sharing videos of the incident and this was fuelled by reports of counter-terrorism officers supporting police at the scene.
Around an hour after the incident a spokesperson for the Met Police urged people to be restrained about speculation saying: “We are aware of speculation on social media regarding the ongoing incident in Edmonton .
“We will release facts when we can – our information must be accurate.”
With rumours continuing to spread, at around 3am on Thursday (November 12), the Met Police released a statement, which read: “Officers were alerted to a collision outside the building on Fore Street at approximately 6.58pm on Wednesday, November 11.
“A 45-year-old white man is believed to have left the vehicle before attempting to set fire to it using petrol.
“He was apprehended and arrested by officers on suspicion of arson and a number of other offences. He remains in custody at a North London police station.
“The incident is not being treated as terror-related.”
Commander Ade Adelekan said: “This appears to have been an isolated incident and does not seem to be terror-related. I am satisfied that there is no wider risk to the community.
“Local officers will continue to carry out enquiries, but at this stage we are not looking for anybody else.
“I would like to thank the public for their response to the incident and would urge anyone with information about what happened to contact police.
“I also acknowledge the brave actions of local officers who confronted and arrested the suspect in a dangerous and challenging situation”.