Fears of chemical incident sparked in south London

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    • People living in a street in Lee, south London have been rushed to hospital
    • Some residents have been evacuated as fears of a chemical incident grow 
    • Police claim it is ‘not crime-related’ and emergency services are on scene 

    Lara Keay For Mailonline

    Fears are growing about a chemical incident in south London after residents were rushed to hospital with nausea and vomiting.

    Emergency services were called to Alwold Crescent in Lee this afternoon amid fears locals may have suffered an allergic reaction.

    Witnesses said a number of people suffered a reaction to an unknown substance yesterday morning.

    Taxi driver Ian Crouch, 39, told The Sun that emergency services appeared to be investigating the sewage system.

    Emergency services were rushed to Alwold Crescent in Lee, south London after residents were rushed to hospital with nausea and vomiting 

    Emergency services were rushed to Alwold Crescent in Lee, south London after residents were rushed to hospital with nausea and vomiting 

    He told the newspaper: ‘I could see the emergency services outside my house.

    ‘When I spoke to a policeman he said there were people complaining of irritation, who had been throwing up all morning. 

    ‘He said they were investigating whether it is terror related, but told us not panic. 

    ‘They think it’s coming from the sewage system.’

    Five fire engines, paramedics and police were all deployed to deal with the incident.

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the incident is not believed to be crime-related and the investigation is being led by the London Fire Brigade.

    A brigade spokesman said: ‘There was a smell of an unknown chemical at an address in the area and we are investigating that. 

    ‘Some people have been removed as a precaution.’ 

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