Emergency services responding to reports of an explosion in Harold Hill area of northeast London

Emergency services are responding to reports of an explosion in Harold Hill in northeast London.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police on Twitter said: “Officers along with other emergency services are currently on scene in Farnham Road #HaroldHill, following reports of an explosion.

“Cause n/k but not currently being treated as terror-related. We await updates re any injuries. Pedestrians & motorists advised to avoid the area.”

Police, fire and ambulance services were at the scene on Farnham Road.

The Met said the incident was not currently being treated as terror-related.

Police advised the public to avoid the area.

The Met said: “The emergency services are currently on scene following reports on an explosion in Harold Hill.

“Police were called shortly before 13:30hrs on Sunday, 4 March to reports of an explosion at a premises in Farnham Road, Harold Hill.

“Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service are currently at the scene.

“We await an update as to whether anyone is injured.

“At this early stage officers are unable to confirm the cause of the explosion but enquires are underway.

“Residents are in the process of being evacuated from the building. The Local Authority has been informed.

“Local road closures are in place. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area.

“This is not currently being treated as a terror-related incident.”

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