Controlled explosion of vehicle in Croydon as police evacuate buildings

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Controlled explosion of vehicle in Croydon as police evacuate buildings

A controlled explosion of a car was carried out in Croydon as the centre was under lockdown on Tuesday.

Some buildings and shops were evacuated in the area after reports of a suspicious vehicle at around 3pm in West Croydon.

Specialist officers were shortly deployed to the scene to investigate.

Many people flooded social media with pictures from the scene showing the police on site.

MPSCroydon tweeted: “UPDATE: Police conducted a controlled explosion of the vehicle as a precaution. Cordons & road closures being lifted. #WestCroydon BR Station & bus station will also be re-opened.”

National Rail reported there would be a “major disruption” expected until 7pm as the incident unfolded.

In a series of tweets, MPSCroydon updated Londoners: “1/2 - Cordons are in place near #WestCroydon BR Station after officers became aware of a suspicious vehicle at around 15:00hrs. Specialist officers are attending to assess. Some buildings/ shops evacuated as a precaution.

“2/2 - A man has been reported for obstruction of the highway. He has not been arrested. The incident is not being treated as terror-related. Officers remain at the scene.”

Bus stations and National Rail have now resumed normal service after the incident was dealt with.

National Rail wrote: “All lines have now reopened following the emergency services having dealt with an incident in the #WestCroydon area.”

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