Armed police spotted in east London after 'gun' reports

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Scores of armed police were deployed to east London after men in a car were reported to be carrying a gun.

Dramatic pictures show weapon-carrying officers on the scene on Burdett Road in Mile End - as the incident unfolded around 5pm.

Police detain a man
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A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they were called at around 4.50pm to reports of males seen in a car who were believed to be in the possession of a firearm.

He said armed officers attempted to stop the vehicle, adding: "The car failed to stop for police. This car was in a collision with another vehicle. The occupants abandoned the car and attempted to flee the scene.

"Armed officers detained three suspected occupants from the car. There is a scene in Burdett Road with ongoing associated road closures.

"There has been no firearm recovered at this time and inquiries continue. No shots were fired."

Police
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Pictures shared on social media show a battered silver vehicle at a stop in the middle of a police cordon, which has resulted in traffic and buses being diverted.