10 police officers injured in 'drugs raid acid attack' in London

23 September 2020, 16:04 | Updated: 23 September 2020, 20:41

By Kate Buck

10 police officers have been injured in a suspected acid attack in north London.

The officers were executing a drugs warrant in Dale Close, Barnet, when they were injured by a suspected corrosive substance.

The exact circumstances are being investigated while their colleagues work to inform their families.

None of the officers have suffered life-threatening injuries, although the full extent has not yet been revealed.

A number of males have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences at this stage.

They have been taken to hospital having also suffered injuries related to the substance.

A number of men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and have also been injured by the substance
A number of men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and have also been injured by the substance. Picture: NXTierney
10 officers have been taken to hospital
10 officers have been taken to hospital. Picture: NXTierney

Their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers remain at the scene and enquiries continue.

London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade colleagues are also in attendance.

The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed as is routine.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was shocked by the incident.

He said on Wednesday evening: "I am shocked that a number of Met police officers have been taken to hospital with injuries believed to be caused by a corrosive substance after they carried out a drugs operation in Barnet this afternoon.

"It is a stark reminder of the real dangers our hard-working officers face every day as they keep us safe. On behalf of all Londoners, I wish them a speedy recovery."