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Man tasered as Romford homes evacuated after reports of him threatening to harm himself

PUBLISHED: 15:42 26 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:44 26 March 2019

Police and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in Romford

Police and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in Romford

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Police officers, fire engines and paramedics were called to the scene in Parkside Avenue.

Police and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in RomfordPolice and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in Romford

Houses in Romford were evacuated this afternoon after reports of a man threatening to harm himself.

Police officers, fire engines and paramedics were called to Parkside Avenue, Romford, at around 2.38pm following concerns for the welfare of the occupants in an address.

Police and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in RomfordPolice and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in Romford

Some neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution after the smell of gas was reported.

This is due to a suspected gas leak inside the property, the cause of which has yet to be established.

Police and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in RomfordPolice and fire crews at the scene of a chemical incident in Parkside Avenue in Romford

A man in his 50s was then seen inside the address threatening to harm himself.

A taser was deployed and discharged.

Emergency services are currently dealing with a 'chemical incident' in Parkside Avenue, Romford. Photo: Charlie MakaveliEmergency services are currently dealing with a 'chemical incident' in Parkside Avenue, Romford. Photo: Charlie Makaveli

The male has been detained and will be taken into custody.

Road closures remain in place but will be lifted as soon as possible.


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