An unmarked police car crashed into a market stall in South London during a police chase following an armed robbery at the nearby post office on Tuesday morning.
The black Citroen hit a stallholder and then smashed through a vegan food stand at Surrey Street Market in Croydon just after 9.10am.
Flying Squad officers were called at 9.10am to reports of an armed robbery at the Post Office in Croydon High Street. A police officer jumped out of the car to chase the suspected armed robbers on foot. The car then carried on moving, hitting the flower seller before crashing in the Vegan food stall.
53-year-old flower seller Russell Smith was treated by the London Ambulance Service after suffering cuts to his knees. The two staff of the Vegan stall were both in the tent of the stall at the time and got knocked to the ground and did not sustain any injuries. Grace Magecha who runs the vegan stall described how the car was going fairly fast and so she and her colleague didnt have time to move out of the way.
She estimated about £500 worth of equipment was wrecked and said she does not know when they will be able to reopen. Co-owner Greg Kirby noted how the incident was ‘all a bit farcical’ as not only did the police car crash into their stall but one officer ran past them and dropped his gun.