The scene at Edmonton Police Station in Enfield, north London, where a man has been arrested after a vehicle collided with the station office on Wednesday November 11, 2020.
The scene at Edmonton Police Station in Enfield, north London, on Wednesday (Picture: PA)

The incident at a north London police station which saw a man pour liquid onto a road and set it on fire just after a car crashed into the station is not being treated as terror-related.

Police officers have been able to return to at Edmonton station as well as nearby residents who were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday evening, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

It added that a man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of arson and other offences in connection with the incident.

Dramatic footage posted online shows a man leaving the car and pouring a substance onto the road from a container, while passers by watch on in horror. Witnesses can be heard shouting as a police car pulls up and officers run out to tackle the man at a bus stop metres away.

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Commander Ade Adelekan explained: ‘This appears to have been an isolated incident and does not seem to be terror-related. 

‘I am satisfied that there is no wider risk to the community.’

In the video, another police officer appears to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames on the road.

Store manager Ogur Mazlum, 34, works nearby and witnessed the crash. 

Police look on as a forensics personnel works following a car crash incident at the Edmonton Police Station, in Enfield north London, Britain, November 11, 2020.
Police look on as a forensics personnel works following the incident (Picture: Reuters)

Speaking on behalf of Mr Mazlum, who speaks limited English, his wife Serife Mazlum, 32, said: ‘He literally just walked out (of his shop) to just call me and see if everything’s OK at home.

‘Then he said I have to shut the phone quickly.

‘That was when the car crashed into the front of the police station.’

No injuries to any police officers or members of the public were reported, police said.

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