Man dies as police 'stop prisoner plot'

Wood Green police shooting: Man dies in ‘plot’ to free individual from custody

  • 11 December 2015
  • From the section London
Media captionFrankie McCamley reports from the scene of the police operation

A man has been shot dead during a police operation relating to a suspected plot to free a prisoner.

Armed officers were in Bracknell Close, near Wood Green Crown Court, London, at about 09:00 GMT when the man was shot.

The Met said the operation was “intelligence-led” and resulted in the arrests of four people.

Two of the arrests were in the Bracknell Close area on suspicion of “conspiracy to facilitate the escape of an individual from custody”.

The suspects arrested there were a 30-year-old and a 19-year-old. In nearby Barratt Avenue, police also arrested a 31-year-old and a 25-year-old.

The Met said these were “related” arrests but did not specify the nature.

Following the shooting, police cordoned off the road at the junction of Bracknell Close and Olympus Grove, near Winkfield Road.

A white forensics tent was erected in the residential street and officers wearing balaclavas were at the scene.

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An air ambulance was also called but the man was confirmed dead shortly before 10:30 GMT.

There were no reports of any other injuries.

Ashley Howard said he was working on scaffolding and saw the air ambulance arrive.

He said: “Next minute I see armed police and a guy on the floor.

“The air ambulance people tried to resuscitate him. They took him away in a body bag.”

Fatal police-related shootings in England and Wales

In the past five years there have been seven fatal police shootings:

  • 2010: Alistair Bell was shot dead by police near Huddersfield, west Yorkshire
  • 2011: Michael Fitzpatrick was shot dead by police in Brighton, east Sussex; Mark Duggan was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London
  • 2012: Anthony Grainger was shot dead by police near Warrington, Cheshire
  • 2014: Dean Joseph shot dead by police in Islington, north London
  • 2015: James Fox was shot dead by police in Enfield; in October, Richard Davies was shot dead by police at St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Tenant Angie Buzzacott said it was a nice, quiet estate and she was trying to do as much as she could to “keep everyone calm”.

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Image caption A Twitter user reported seeing ‘police everywhere’ and a medical helicopter

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said investigators were at the scene overseeing initial accounts given by the officers involved.

The Met added the Directorate of Professional Standards – its internal investigator – had also been informed.

Police confirmed the incident was not related to terrorism.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “Following discussions with the police, there is an increased security presence at Wood Green Crown Court today. The court continues to operate as normal.”

The spokesman said he could not comment further because of the ongoing police investigation.

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