Armed police are locked in a stand-off with a man believed to have a gun be threatening to kill people in south London.
Officers taped off streets in Addiscombe, Croydon at around 9am today after the man was said to be abusing locals and threatening to kill people.
Police are still negotiating with the suspect, who was found inside a car, five hours later, with the area on lockdown.
Armed police are pictured taking aim in the Addiscombe area of Croydon today where an armed ‘gunman’ made threats to kill people
Police in Croydon are locked in a stand-off with a man who is said to have a gun
Local resident Sam Novell tweeted: ‘Anyone in and around Addiscombe stay away. Bloke with gun walking around. Police trying to find him. Mums locked in work!’
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘So my mum’s work in Addiscombe has been blocked off as a man with a gun is walking around the main road outside all cordoned off now by police! Wtf is wrong with people!’
A Met Police spokesman said there is not yet any evidence of a terrorism element and the incident is believed to be domestic.
Police tweeted: ‘Police were called shortly after 08:30hrs today by a man threatening to harm people.
‘Officers, including armed officers, attended and located the man in a car in Pagehurst Road, Addiscombe.
‘Officers remain with the man and are attempting to peacefully resolve the incident.’
Footage from the scene shows police cars blocking the street. A red car is visible to the left but it is unclear whether this is the vehicle where the man is sitting
Local Labour MP Sarah Jones tweeted from the scene: ‘I’m at the scene, numerous response units are here.
‘Please avoid the area and don’t worry- we have superb police on hand keeping us safe #Croydon’
Police said the man claims to have a gun but no firearm has yet been seen.
The force said in a statement: ‘Police were called at 8.32am on Tuesday March 19, by a man who stated he would kill people.
‘Officers attended Pagehurst Road near the junction with Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe.
‘A man was found in a car at the location and when approached he intimated he had a firearm.
‘Armed officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade have attended the scene. Officers are attempting to peacefully resolve the situation.’
A police car is pictured in the Addiscombe area of Croydon today where officers cordoned off streets