Police ammunition and equipment were found lying in the middle of a major London road, 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. Parts of the road remained closed after police discovered ‘a quantity of ammunition and ancillary items’ on the road.
Scotland Yard said there was ‘no danger to the public,’ following the discovery 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.
The Met apologises for any disruption caused to those travelling on the A13 and thanks them for their cooperation during the closure.’ Motorists had been stuck in long delays around East London ever since the discovery.
Locals took to social media, believing the officers were in fact searching for diamonds, however Scotland Yard has since confirmed it’s looking for its own misplaced bullets.
Police could be seen pacing up and down the carriageway as they looked for any other stray items that may have fallen on to the carriageway.