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Attacker smashes into London police station and lights flammable liquid

A man has smashed a car into a London police station and set alight flammable liquid on a road in front of horrified onlookers.There has been a mass evacuation of the North London area of Edmonton, where the attack took place, and train stations in the area have been cordoned off.Video footage posted on social…

A man has smashed a car into a London police station and set alight flammable liquid on a road in front of horrified onlookers.

There has been a mass evacuation of the North London area of Edmonton, where the attack took place, and train stations in the area have been cordoned off.

Video footage posted on social media shows a man jumping out of the car once it hits the building, pouring a liquid onto a road moments after a car crashed into the police station at 7pm local time.

He can then be seen setting the liquid on fire in front of a double-decker bus.

Pedestrians can be heard screaming as a police car pulls up and officers run out to tackle the man at a bus stop metres away.

The man is then tackled to the floor and officers are heard to shout “get back” before dousing the flames in the road using a fire extinguisher.

Police in London have confirmed that at about 7pm on Wednesday, “a vehicle collided with the station office at Edmonton Police Station.

“A man – no further details – has been detained in connection with the incident.

“The vehicle remains at the scene. Specialist officers are in attendance while it is examined.

“At this stage we have not been informed of any injuries.

“London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade are present.”

The police station has been evacuated and a large police cordon is in place.

Labour Councillor for Edmonton Green Ward, Ergin Erbil, tweeted that there are “reports of a major incident declared at Edmonton Green police station.

“If you’re in the Fore Street area stay safe and be careful.”

Peter Allimadi, 30, from Edmonton, who works nearby, told the Press Association news agency he heard “shouting, a loud crash and sirens from everywhere”.

He said: “I came out of the Lidl to see what the commotion was about, police screaming instructions to citizens to back away, some scared shoppers, commuters and parents running from the scene.”

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