Extra police patrols after Wanstead armed chase

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

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

Police have been carrying out extra patrols around Elmcroft Avenue, following the armed chase on November 1.

A car, being pursued by officers from East Ham, crashed into a wall and a parked Mercedes in the residential street in Wanstead.

The suspects, reportedly carrying a gun, were chased by police through people’s gardens.

Young children had to hide in their rooms while armed officers searched residents’ houses.

Two boys, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, were arrested at the scene for driving and firearms offences and have now been bailed.

Police are still trying to trace the car’s other occupants, reportedly an additional two males.

Wendy Poulton, who lives around the corner in Elmcroft Gardens, said: “It shocked a lot of people. You don’t generally see crime in Wanstead.”

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