Armed police stormed a major road in East London before a four-hour standoff with a man allegedly armed with a machete waving a gas cannister from an open window.
The officers were pictured holding firearms along High Road, Leyton, shortly at around 12.15pm today (Monday, January 24).
The road was cordoned off with at least five police cars and an ambulance car at the scene. Pictures showed police tape stretched across the road.
A 41-year-old woman from Leytonstone told Press Association: “They’ve got a bay-fronted window and he had the window open. You could see a (gas) can in one hand and the machete in the other, waving it all around.”
The Met Police has confirmed that they were called to the scene following reports of a man armed with a machete.
A man at the location was reported to be having a mental health crisis. Specialist officers attended to assist in communicating with the man.
At 4.08pm police said the incident had been “stood down” with a man – who will be assessed by medical professionals – arrested on suspicion of public order offences.
There are no reports of any injuries.
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