Emergency services descended on Windmill Road in Croydon this afternoon (Thursday, April 8) after a car crashed into a shopfront and caused a gas leak in the area.

Images taken at the scene of the crash showed a car wedged into the front of a store on Windmill Road with police cars, ambulances and fire engines all visible.

A police cordon closing off a section of Windmill road was also in place.

Croydon MPS, who confirmed their attendance at the scene, said the crash had caused a gas leak and urged motorists to avoid the area as first responders dealt with the aftermath of the crash.

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In a statement posted to Twitter, a spokesperson for the borough police force said:

"Motorists should avoid the area around the junction of Whitehorse Road and Windmill Road.

"A car has struck a building causing some structural damage and a gas leak.

"Road closures are in place and the emergency services are on scene. There are no reports of any serious injuries."

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Social media users meanwhile reported significant disruption in the area amid the emergency service response and road closures.

One Twitter user also said workers were seen drilling in the area as part of a multi-faceted response to the incident. 

London Fire Brigade (LFB) were contacted for comment.