Police in stand-off with man after 'dangerous items' report
Police are in a stand-off with a man after receiving reports that he is in possession of dangerous items.
A safety cordon has been put up at a 200-metre radius and 80 people have been evacuated from the immediate area in west London as a precaution.
Officers were called shortly before 1am on Saturday to reports of concerns for an occupant and hazardous articles inside the address at Wood End Lane in Northolt.
Emergency services have not attempted to enter the property due to safety reasons.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "At this stage, police believe there is one man inside the address.
"Whilst it is not known what the man has inside the property, police are treating seriously reports that the items could be dangerous and that attempts have been made by the man to prevent access to the address."
He added: "There is no suggestion that this incident is terrorist-related nor is it linked to any other ongoing investigation or operation."
Armed officers and negotiators are at the scene.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: "We are working closely with our colleagues in the police as they continue to deal with the ongoing incident in Northolt.
"I've been kept appraised by the police throughout the incident and we have offered help to those residents who have had to leave their homes.
"The safety of our residents is our top priority and council officers will continue to be on hand to give any necessary assistance until the incident has been resolved."