A man has been arrested after reportedly ramming a car into a north London police station before starting a fire on the road outside.
Footage shows the suspect being tackled to the ground by a brave member of the public following the suspected attack at Edmonton police station.
In one video seen by the Standard, a man in a grey hoodie is seen getting out of a dark car embedded in the crumpled doors of the police station.
He retrieves what looks like a jerry can from the car before starting to pour a trail of clear liquid from the vehicle out into the road.
As he paces in front of traffic a police car is seen pulling up nearby. The man bends down before the road suddenly erupts in flames, causing terrified passersby to flee as he throws the jerry can to one side and walks calmly back towards the pavement.
Further shaky footage appears to show a member of the public then tackle the man, before he is pounced on by two police officers.
One man who works nearby said: “It was shocking. I saw the man crash his car into the front glass door. At first, it looked like an accident that he lost control.
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“But he got out of the car and was insistent about getting further into the police station. “The second door was all smashed up. No-one could get in or out. When he realised he couldn’t he casually got out and started pouring petrol on the back of the car and then the middle of the road.
“It was definitely planned, he was so calm. He wasn’t ranting and raving. Maybe he was trying to help someone get out?”
The father-of-one, 34, had tried to keep people back from the scene.
He added: “A motorbike tried to get out of the way. This was all in-front of people waiting at a bus stop. I can’t imagine how terrified they were.
“He was pouring petrol everywhere leading to the car. But thankfully he left a little gap, so it didn’t burn all the way to the car. God knows what he had inside the car.
“He wasn’t running away anywhere. A guy from the bus stop pinned him down just as police got there.”
Another witness said: “I was on my way home from school and the man crashed his car in the police station.
“Then he got out petrol and matches or a lighter then tried to blow up the place. He was shouting something but the police were louder telling everyone to move away. Police took him out.”
Witnesses said a bus driver put out the flaming pool of petrol with a fire extinguisher before it could set the car alight.
Labour MP Kate Osamor tweeted: “A major incident has been declared at Edmonton Green police station.
“Please stay safe if you’re in the area.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At around 6:58pm on Wednesday, 11 November a vehicle collided with the station office at Edmonton Police Station.
“A man – no further details – has been detained in connection with the incident.
“The vehicle remains at the scene. Specialist officers are in attendance while it is examined.
“At this stage we have not been informed of any injuries.
“London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade are present.
“The police station has been evacuated and a large police cordon is in place.”
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