Police shut road for 10 hours after spilling AMMO across carriageway when officer left it on roof of car which sped off

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ONE of London’s busiest roads was closed for 10 hours after blundering cops spilled ammunition across the carriageway.

Police were forced to trawl the A13 in Canning Town, East London, after an officer left ammunition on the roof an armed response vehicle which sped off.

The road was closed for around ten hours to allow a clean-up operation after the mishap at around 10.15am this morning.

It reopened just after 8pm this evening.

Scotland Yard said the officer has been spoken to by bosses and will be “subject to an internal learning process”.

Travellers vented their fury after waiting in the gridlocked traffic.

Teeyana Aromi tweeted: “The traffic from mine into the A13 is disgusting”.

Matt Waite said: “Only taken me 4 hours to get home thanks to the A13 traffic.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 10.14am to the eastbound A13 close to Prince Regent Lane to reports of items on the carriageway.

“Officers attended and recovered a quantity of ammunition and ancillary items from the carriageway.

“At this moment, part of the A13 remains closed while thorough searches continue. There is no danger to the public.

“Enquiries established that the items were police issue and that they had been placed on the roof of an armed response vehicle and subsequently fell off when officers were responding to support other colleagues on a firearms operation.  

“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and have established that this was human error and the officer concerned has been spoken to and will be subject to an internal learning process.

“The Met apologises for any disruption caused to those travelling on the A13 and thanks them for their cooperation during the closure.”

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