Controlled explosion carried out on two suspicious cars left close to New US Embassy in Battersea

Police have carried out a controlled explosion on two suspicion vehicles close to a US embassy building in south London.

Met officers, fire and ambulance crews descended on Ponton Road, Battersea, close to the New US Embassy building.

Scotland Yard confirmed a controlled explosion had been carried out on two unattended vehicles just after 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Dramatic footage posted on social media showed a large police cordon around a black car and a dark grey saloon.

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Equipment used to carry out explosions could be seen emerging from the back of a police van.

Shoppers were evacuated from a nearby Waitrose store by specialist officers.

A spokeswoman for the Met Police said: “Police were called at 4.38 pm to Ponton Road, Wandsworth, to a report of two unattended vehicles. 

“Specialist officers are at the scene and cordons have been put in place.

“LAS and the London Fire Brigade are also in attendance.

“A controlled explosion was carried out at around 5.37pm.

“Enquiries continue.”

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