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UPDATE: Police appeal for information following south London armed response

News   •   Feb 10, 2019 14:41 GMT

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after police responded to a report of a woman being held against her will by armed men at a south London pub.

As armed officers responded to the incident, a police firearm was unintentionally discharged and a man sustained a gunshot injury.

Police were called by a female at approximately 03:55hrs on Saturday, 9 February. The female, who only gave a first name, reported that a woman was being held against her will at the Anchor pub, Lewisham Road, SE13.

The caller reported that there were a number of male suspects and that a firearm had been seen.

Officers, including armed officers, attended the scene and stopped a car near to the junction with Blackheath Hill. This car had been driven the short distance from the pub.

During the vehicle stop, a police firearm was unintentionally discharged. One man - [A] believed to be aged in his 20s - was taken to a south hospital suffering a gunshot injury. His condition has been assessed as not life-threatening or life-changing. The man has been arrested, but remains in hospital.

The Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have been informed. The IOPC have launched an independent investigation into the discharge of the police firearm.

One other male [B, aged 21] was arrested from the car. He was subsequently charged with possession of a bladed article and will appear in custody at South East London (Bromley) Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 11 February.

Officers attended the Anchor pub where five other males [C to G] were arrested. A search of the pub was conducted, but no female was found. All five males were released under investigation.

Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing. At this stage, we are not confirming any further details about police searches or any items found.

Detectives from South East CID are investigating the reports of a woman being held against her will.

They are urging the female who called police at around 03:55hrs on Saturday morning from a phone box on Morden Hill, just off Lewisham Road, to make contact again by calling 101 quoting CAD 3359/9Feb.

Detectives also want to hear from anyone who was in the Anchor pub in the early hours of Saturday morning and from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at that time.

DCI Stanyer of South East CID said: “Detectives are working hard to fully understand this incident and our enquiries are at an early stage.

“It is vital that we hear again from the original caller in this case. Officers, including armed police, rightly deployed urgently to the area following her phone call, and this has resulted in a number of searches and seven people being arrested.

“Whatever the circumstances of the call, it is important that this female calls police again as soon as possible.”