23 Sep 11 police officers injured by chemical substance during drugs raid | UK News
Eleven police officers have been injured by a chemical substance while carrying out a drugs raid in north London.
The firearms officers were carrying out the operation in Dale Close, High Barnet, shortly before 2pm on Wednesday.
All those involved were taken to hospital for treatment but none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, the Met Police said.
A number of suspects also came into contact with the substance at the address and were taken to hospital.
Their conditions are also not thought to be life-threatening.
The full extent of the injuries is not currently known.
Eyewitness Lucy Moore was working from home when she heard loud bangs and a commotion.
“We saw I don’t know how many armed police go into one of the units, and then there was quite a lot of commotion and the police started coming out. They were covered in some sort of substance, they were asking a few other houses to provide water,” she told Sky News.
Neighbours then got together to hose down the officers with water.
“All of the houses around that area got their garden hoses from the back and dragged them to the front so we could help to hose everybody down as quickly as possible,” she said.
Another resident, Nicky Tierney, described hearing two loud bangs while walking her dogs.
“There were lots of sirens, police and ambulance,” she said.
“It was really worrying. Nothing like this happens in this area – it’s quite a lovely neighbourhood, so I was really concerned.
“I’ve lived in this neighbourhood 24 years, my whole life.”
Officers remained at the scene on Wednesday evening and inquiries are continuing.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “shocked” by the incident.
“It is a stark reminder of the real dangers our hard-working officers face every day as they keep us safe. On behalf of all Londoners, I wish them a speedy recovery,” he said.
Chief Superintendent Roy Smith said there was no ongoing risk to the public.
He added: “I am extremely grateful to colleagues from our Specialist Firearms Command who put themselves at risk to protect our communities, and colleagues from London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service who came to their assistance using our well established protocols for dealing with this type of incident,” he said in a statement.