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Police ammunition is found lying in major London road after falling off roof of armed response car

Police BULLETS are found lying on major London road after bungling armed response officer put them on the roof of his car before driving off

  • Ammunition fell off the roof of a Met Police armed response car in East London
  • Parts of the A13 in Newham are closed after ammunition landed in the busy road 
  • Scotland Yard says the equipment ‘fell off’ when officers were heading to a call 

Police ammunition and equipment were found lying in the middle of a major London road today, after falling off the roof of an armed response car.

Officers were called out after items were spotted on the carriageway of the eastbound A13 near Plaistow, Newham, just after 10am this morning.

Parts of the road remain closed after police discovered ‘a quantity of ammunition and ancillary items’ on the road. 

Met Police ammunition was found lying in the carriageway of the A13 near Plaistow, Newham on Wednesday morning

Scotland Yard say there is ‘no danger to the public,’ following the discovery this morning and no firearms fell from the roof of the car.

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Enquiries established that the items were police issue and that they had been placed on the roof of an armed response vehicle and subsequently fell off when officers were responding to support other colleagues on a firearms operation.

‘The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and have established that this was human error and the officer concerned has been spoken to and will be subject to an internal learning process.

Parts of the A13 remain closed as police search the road for bullets that fell off the roof of an armed response car earlier today

Parts of the A13 remain closed as police search the road for bullets that fell off the roof of an armed response car earlier today

Parts of the A13 remain shut in Newham this evening after a Met Police officer left ammunition on the roof of an armed response car and it later fell into the road

Parts of the A13 remain shut in Newham this evening after a Met Police officer left ammunition on the roof of an armed response car and it later fell into the road

‘The Met apologises for any disruption caused to those travelling on the A13 and thanks them for their cooperation during the closure.’

Motorists have been stuck in long delays around East London ever since the discovery. 

Locals on social media believe officers are in fact searching for diamonds, however Scotland Yard confirmed it was ammunition earlier on Wednesday evening. 

Police could be seen pacing up and down the carriageway as they look for any other stray items that may have fallen on to the carriageway. 

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