A man has been arrested after a driver ploughed their car into the front of a police station and set the road alight.
Footage posted on Twitter shows a vehicle crashed into the front entrance of Edmonton Police Station in Enfield, north London, shortly after 7pm.
Another video shows a man getting out of the vehicle before pouring what appears to be petrol across the road. He then bends down and sets the ground alight.
Huge flames engulf the road in front of a moving van and bus as passersby run away.
Witnesses can be heard shouting as a police car pulls up and officers run out to pin down the man at a bus stop metres away.
Another police officer appears to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames on the road.
A video shows a man covered in a blanket as he is held down by three men – at least one is in police uniform but another was said to be a witness.
A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of arson and other offences in connection with the incident, said police.
Store manager Ogur Mazlum, 34, saw the moment the car crashed through the glass entrance to the station. He said a man got out but was unable to enter through a second barrier despite repeated attempts.
‘He was insisting on trying to get inside, but the glass door wouldn’t break anymore so he couldn’t get any closer,’ said Mr Mazlum’s wife, Serife, who translated her husband’s story.
‘Then he casually got out of the car with a tank of petrol. He poured it down from the car into the middle of the road and then he just set it on fire.’
Mrs Mazlum added that ‘luckily’ the man had ‘missed a spot’ and the flaming petrol did not reach traffic which had stopped on the road nearby.
She said another man watching the scene from across the street ran to intervene after the driver had set the fuel alight.
‘He pinned (the driver) to the ground just as the police were arriving,’ she said.
‘So by the time the police came and got out of the cars, the citizen had already slammed him to the ground.’
She said efforts were then focused on extinguishing the fire, which was ‘just getting worse’.
Witness Peter Allimadi, 30, said 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.’
Another video from the scene uploaded to social media, shows the area cordoned off with the person filming asking ‘what’s going on?’
A man responds: ‘Someone’s trying to blow up the police station.’
The station was evacuated and there were no reports of injuries.
Met Police said: 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.’
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