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London siege: Police in 20-hour stand off with gunman – local houses and roads evacuated

Police were called to Saxon Road yesterday as witnesses revealed they saw armed officers along The Broadway. But the man is still refusing the leave the premises for nearly 20 hours.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to Saxon Road, Southall at 2.12pm on Thursday, January 21, to reports of a man with a firearm. 

“Officers attended. The man has refused to come out of a property when asked.

“As a precaution, nearby roads have been closed.”

West End Road and Beconsfield Road remain closed as the “siege” continues.

One witness told MyLondon: “I’ve heard someone took out a gun. 

“I don’t know if anyone’s been shot. 

“That’s why police are there.

“There are more than 50-60 police. 

“They are carrying guns.”

Another witness added: “Heavy armed police several of them all parked up on West End Road.

“Something is cooking up on The Broadway, Southall.”

While a local restaurant owner said they saw “armed police go past the shop”.

Yesterday, a spokesperson for Ealing Council warned people to stay in their homes.

They said: “The incident in Saxon Road, Southall is ongoing. Local roads are closed so traffic is diverted.

“Please follow police advice on whether or not you can access the cordoned areas. 

“If you are already are in your home in the cordoned area please stay within your home.”

More to follow…

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