A large area of East Croydon has been evacuated this morning following reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Officers are urging people to avoid Dingwall Road as they investigate.

One witness says police have surrounded a car abandoned on the pavement, according to MyLondon.

Another person at the scene said they have been told to stay in their building and "away from the windows".

While a third said: "All transport through closed, people being pushed back to east croydon, buildings being evacuated."

A spokeswoman from the Met Police said they were called at 8.46am this morning and the incident is ongoing and expected to cause a lot of disruption.

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She added: "Police were called at 8.46am on Thursday, February 6 to reports of a suspicious vehicle on Dingwall Road, Croydon.

"Officers, including specialist officers, are on scene and cordons are in place."

Tram services are currently suspended between East Croydon and Reeves Corner due to the security alert.

National Rail said there will be no trains at East Croydon until "approximately 11:00."

A spokesperson said: "A security alert at East Croydon means trains are currently unable to stop at this station.

"Train services will run fast through East Croydon. This is expected to continue until approximately 11:00."

Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, also added on Twitter: "Arrived in Dingwall Road for the Develop Croydon event this morning to find the road closed off by police, no word about why, no one allowed in."

And another urged on social media: "East Croydon is locked off! Do not come near East Croydon."

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