Police have dispelled rumours surrounding a video circulating on social media alleging officers ‘shot the wrong car’ during a hard stop in North West London
The video shared by the London and UK Crime Twitter account shows several unmarked police cars and one silver saloon car with what appears to be bullet holes in the left side rear window on Hillside road in Harlesden.
In the second half of the video a person can be heard saying to officers: “You lot shot up an innocent man’s car.”
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After the tweet was published at around 9.30pm on Tuesday (August 3) it was rumoured police had performed a hard stop – a planned operation in which armed officers deliberately intercept a vehicle to confront suspects – and shot the holes in the window.
But the Metropolitan Police said in a statement that no shots were fired during the operation at around 2.25pm yesterday.
Police stopped a car in nearby Shakespeare Avenue after an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera flagged something suspicious.
The driver was spoken to but not arrested and allowed to continue on his way, though damage was done to the rear window of his vehicle during the action.
Ten minutes later a member of the public reported to officers they had seen a car with bullet holes in the side in Craven Park which leads onto Hillside.
It was the same vehicle police had earlier stopped.
A statement from the Met said: “It was established there were no bullet holes.
“The damage was confirmed to have been caused during the earlier stop.”