man has been arrested after a Molotov cocktail was hurled towards police near a synagogue in north London.
The Metropolitan Police said officers responded to a “report of a concern for safety” in The Riding, near the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation Orthodox Synagogue at around 12.30 on Tuesday.
A man is believed to have set fire to an object and hurled towards officers.
Officers arrested a man on suspicion of a number of offences but the incident is not being classed as terror related by police.
No members of the public or officers were injured.
A witness said: “It was madness the guy threw a molotov cocktail or fire bomb towards the police. We couldn’t believe it. The incident was right near the synagogue.”
Councillor for West Hendon Alex Prager said on Twitter: “Police and fire brigade on site.
“Appears to have involved a Molotov cocktail next to a synagogue on The Riding.”
He later added: “I understand that this is not currently being treated as a terrorist threat by police.”
The Community Security Trust (CST) said it was aware of an ongoing incident in Golders Green.
“Incident in Golders Green this afternoon appears NOT terror related. We thank the emergency services for their constant vigilance and work,” said the charity on Twitter.”
A police statement said: “At approximately 12:00hrs on 2 February, police were called to a report of a domestic incident in Golders Green Road, Barnet and followed a man who was driving away in a vehicle.
“He drove to the end of The Riding, NW11, which is a dead end road. He stopped close to a synagogue at approximately 12:30hrs.
“The man ran from the scene but was quickly detained by police at approximately 14:00hrs. He was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences.
“He declined medical attention at the scene and was taken into custody.
“No members of the public or officers were reported to have sustained injured during the incident.
“No damage appears to have been done to any premises.
“At this stage, this incident is not believe to be terrorism-related. Enquiries continue.”
Superintendent Louis Smith, from the Met’s North West Command Unit, said: “I know this will have been a very visible and frightening incident for the local community, but please know my officers will be out in the area.
“Do talk to them if you have any concerns, we are here to listen and reassure. We will work out what happened as we continue to investigate but for the moment this looks like a self-contained incident.
“This is a typical high-pressured situation officers are routinely called out to face. Their courage and commitment to keeping others safe, no matter the consequences, is exactly what I expect of a Met officer.”
This story is being updated.
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