At least ten police officers have been seriously injured following a police operation in Barnet.
At around 13:50hrs on Wednesday, 23 September, officers attended an industrial area in Dale Close, Barnet, to execute a drugs warrant as part of a proactive and pre-planned operation.
As the officers executed the warrant, they were injured by a suspected corrosive substance.
Full enquiries into the exact circumstances of the incident are continuing. At least ten police officers are believed to have suffered serious injuries and are receiving medical treatment. All have been taken to hospital.
The Met is awaiting an assessment of the extent of the injuries. However, none of the officer’s who have been injured are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.
A spokesperson for the Met confirmed that they are working to inform the officer’s families.
Several males were arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug offences.
The males who were arrested have been taken to hospital having also suffered injuries related to the substance.
Officers remain at the scene and enquiries continue.
The London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade are also in attendance.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed as is routine.
The incident is not being treated as terror-related.