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Teenager arrested after stand off with armed police in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 13:51 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 05 November 2018

Armed police in Strathmore Gardens this afternoon. Photo: @leehealey_

Armed police in Strathmore Gardens this afternoon. Photo: @leehealey_

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Harrow Lodge Primary School went into ‘lockdown’ after the incident.

A police cordon is in place in Strathmore Gardens. Photo: Lydia EdwardsA police cordon is in place in Strathmore Gardens. Photo: Lydia Edwards

A teenager has been arrested after a stand off with armed police in Hornchurch.

At around 11.50 this morning (Monday, November 5) police spotted an 18-year-old who was wanted on suspicion of firearm offences - driving a BMW.

Police chased the car to Strathmore Gardens where he tried to escape.

Armed police and a police helicopter were sent to the scene.

There is a heavy police presence in Strathmore Gardens in Hornchurch. Photo: Lydia EdwardsThere is a heavy police presence in Strathmore Gardens in Hornchurch. Photo: Lydia Edwards

The teenager then came out of the property and was arrested.

He has now been taken to a police station in East London.

Police enquiries continue.

A police cordon was put in place in Strathmore Gardens while armed officers dealt with the teenager.

Armed police have been spotted by residents in Strathmore Gardens close to Harrow Lodge Primary School. Photo: Charmaine CoxArmed police have been spotted by residents in Strathmore Gardens close to Harrow Lodge Primary School. Photo: Charmaine Cox

Nearby school, Harrow Lodge Primary sent out a message to parents to reassure them that the “emergency is over”.

A spokeswoman from the school said: “Your children are happy and safe and have little knowledge of the drama that has taken place.

“The roads are still closed but the police assured us that they will be open by 3pm for you to collect you children.”

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