London road closed for 11 hours after ammunition fell off police vehicle roof

Police had to close off a major London road for over 11 hours as they tried to find ammunition which fell off the top of a police vehicle.

The items had been placed on the roof of an armed response vehicle and subsequently fell into the road as officers drove off to support colleagues on a firearms operation.

Police were called at 10.14am today to the eastbound A13, close to Prince Regent Lane, to reports of items on the carriageway.

Officers attended the scene and recovered a ‘quantity of ammunition and ancillary items’ from the carriageway, a spokesman for the Met Police said.

As of 9pm, part of the A13 remained closed while searches continued, though the Met confirmed there was no danger to the public.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and established that the incident was due to ‘human error’.

The officer concerned has been spoken to and will be subject to an internal learning process, the spokesman added.

The Met Police apologised for any disruption caused to those travelling on the A13 and thanked motorists for their cooperation during the closure.

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