Joint statement on firearms incident in Newham and Waltham Forest

27 July 2018 in Community safety and Mayor
As you may have seen on the news and social media there was a serious incident which developed across our two boroughs last night, which resulted in shots being fired at police.​
No-one was injured in the confrontation, which began at 10.45pm in Waltham Forest.

Armed police were called to Lascelles Close after men with guns were seen. Police attended and tried to stop a vehicle containing the suspects but it failed to respond to their request, and a police pursuit began.

During the pursuit a number of shots were fired towards police officers who returned fire.

The incident came to an end in Bective Road in Newham and four suspects were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The area remains a crime scene. The men are being held at an East London police station.

In a joint statement, the Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz, Det Ch Supt Richard Tucker, borough commander for Newham and Waltham Forest, and Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said: “Incidents like the one last night are extremely frightening, however it’s important to remember they are also very rare.

“We would like to commend the prompt response of police officers, who brought this potentially very dangerous incident to a quick and decisive end, without injury.

“We recognise and applaud the bravery of the officers involved and are relieved to see this violent threat removed from our streets.

“We will continue to work together to make our streets a safer place for all our residents.”