Highbury on lockdown as males ‘wield machetes’

The Highbury incident as reported by Islington Police on Twitter.

The Highbury incident as reported by Islington Police on Twitter. - Credit: Archant

Highbury was reported to be on lockdown this afternoon after claims of males wielding machetes.

The incident happened in Aberdeen Park. One witness claimed: “I saw a boy running off and at the same time, a blonde girl ran off in the opposite direction. I found out after from police that she had interfered with an argument the boys were having.

“Then I saw two boys with machetes both in their hands. The boy they were chasing had dissapeared by then.”

A Met spokesman said police had not received any reports of weapons. Islington Police said officers were called to Aberdeen Park at about 2.45pm following reports of “a woman being chased”.

The area was searched but no suspects were found. There were no injures and the incident was not terror related.

Schools were also on lockdown. One man said: “I received a text from my son’s school, stating that the police have issued a security alert and for all kids to go home.”

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