London news: Horror as policeman slashed with machete – whole road locked down | UK | News

Footage circulating on social media shows about eight police cars on a road in London, with at least a dozen officers standing and waiting. Some officers can be seen wearing what appears to be riot gear. Metropolitan Police told they were called to reports of “a man armed with a machete” around 11.50am today.

He is believed to have been “suffering a mental health crisis”.

One police officer sustained injuries on his arm and was taken to hospital.

His injuries are not life-threatening, the force said.

Videos from the scene, shared on Twitter by Steven B (@stevend66768143), show the road locked down by a police cordon.

As of 17.46 today, Skelton Road remained closed in both directions due to the police incident between A114 Upton Lane and Wyatt Road.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 11:50hrs on Sunday, 10 April police were called to reports of a man armed with a machete suffering a mental health crisis at an address in Skelton Road, E7.

“Officers attended – one officer received a slash injury to his arm and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

“His condition is not life-threatening.

“Officers remain on scene and are attempting to engage with the man.”

If you need mental health support, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, 24 hours a day.

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