Update: Pictures of Beckton crash scene after police are threatened with gun

More details have emerged about a dramatic seven-mile pursuit after police officers had a gun pointed at them ended with a crash in Beckton early this morning.

More details have emerged about a dramatic seven-mile pursuit after police officers had a gun pointed at them ended with a crash in Beckton early this morning.

And Recorder photographer Steve Poston captured these pictures of the scene.

Woolwich Manor Way is still sealed off this morning as officers carry out forensic tests following the incident.

The road is closed between its junctions with Ferndale Street and East Ham Manor Way and traffic is being diverted.


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Scotland Yard said the incident began in Old Street in The City at around 3.10am when officers saw some men acting suspiciously. One man started to run away but then pointed a gun at officers in an area near Rimington Place in The City.

No shots were fired and police managed to detain one man.

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“But a second man got into a vehicle and drove off,” said a Scotland Yard spokesman.

He was pursued by police cars at high speeds for around seven miles. The chase ended when the car being driven by the second man, was involved in an accident with a black taxi cab in Woolwich Manor Way in Beckton, at around 3.30am.

The suspect sustained head injuries, but his condition is not serious.

“Thankfully the driver of the other car involved in the accident, a black cab was not injured, but his passenger sustained minor injuries,” added the spokesman.

All three men were treated in hospital and the driver of the car that was pursued has been arrested by officers.

The area has been cordoned off while police officers investigate what happened. It is hoped the road can re-open later today.

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