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Major Sidcup road sealed off as forensics investigate ULEZ camera ‘explosion’ scene

Forensics at scene in Sidcup <i>(Image: @AndyShots)</i>
Forensics at scene in Sidcup (Image: @AndyShots)

A major road in Sidcup has been cordoned off by police as forensics investigate the scene of an “explosion” of what is thought to be a ULEZ camera.

The incident happened in Willersley Avenue just before 7.20pm yesterday (December 6).

Officers, London Ambulance Service, and London Fire Brigade crews were called to the scene.

News Shopper: Forensics at scene in Sidcup
News Shopper: Forensics at scene in Sidcup

Forensics at scene in Sidcup (Image: @AndyShots)

A ULEZ camera van, car and bus were left damaged as a result of the incident.

One man was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews and no further injuries were reported.

Willersley Avenue can be seen cordoned off by police officers in pictures as the incident is dealt with.

Two large yellow tents erected can also be seen in the distance with police tape surrounding it.

Footage from a CCTV camera of a house nearby captures the moments before the explosion unfolds.

Seconds later, an explosion erupts in the distance and all traffic comes to a standstill.

In a different footage it captures the aftermath of the explosion which shows debris strewn across the road, a huge dent in the side of a van and a chunk taken out of a brick wall.

A person, who can be heard speaking in the footage, says: “ULEZ camera van has been dismantled.

“Blown the geezers van in half.

“Broke the geezers fence, it’s like a WW2 explosion that just went off.”

The incident was over for firefighters just before 11.30pm.

No arrests have been made and police enquiries into the circumstances continue.

A spokesperson from London Ambulance Service said: “We were called (Wednesday 6 December 2023) at 7.16pm to an incident at Willersley Avenue, Sidcup.

“We sent a small number of resources to the incident, and cared for one patient who was discharged at the scene.”

A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said: Police were called to Willersley Avenue, Sidcup at about 18:47hrs on Wednesday, 6 December following reports that a ULEZ camera had exploded.

“Officers attended alongside colleagues in LFB.

“No one was injured.

“No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is encouraged to call 101 quoting CAD 5819/06DEC.”

Full statement from London Fire Brigade says: “Firefighters from Eltham Fire Station responded to an incident on Willersley Avenue in Sidcup yesterday.

“A ULEZ camera, car and bus were damaged as a result of the incident.

“One man was treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

“The Brigade was called at 1847 and the incident was over for firefighters at 2331, and the scene was left with the Metropolitan Police Service.”