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Two teenagers arrested by armed police in Wanstead following car crash

PUBLISHED: 07:51 02 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:20 02 November 2016

Armed police in Elmcroft Avenue, Wanstead, last night. Photo: Michael Begley

Armed police in Elmcroft Avenue, Wanstead, last night. Photo: Michael Begley

Michael Begley

Armed police officers chased and arrested two boys, aged 16 and 17, following a car crash last night.

Armed police in Wanstead last night. Photo: Morgan RitchieArmed police in Wanstead last night. Photo: Morgan Ritchie

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed they were called shortly after 6pm to Holland Road, East Ham, amid reports of a group of men armed with a gun.

Officers, some of whom were carrying firearms, then identified a vehicle of interest nearby.

When the car did not stop for police it was pursued to Elmcroft Avenue, Wanstead where, at around 6:17pm, the car collided with a garden wall and a parked car.

The two teenagers were arrested nearby for firearms and driving offences.

They have been taken to an east London police station where they remain in custody.

Enquiries continue to establish the number of men in the car and to trace any outstanding suspects.

No one was injured and the police have received no evidence of any shots being fired.

At this stage, no firearm has been recovered.

Did you see anything? Email Matthew.Clemenson@Archant.co.uk or call 0208 477 3957.


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