ARMED POLICE including some with machine guns chased three men tonight after a car crashed into a wall.

Eye-witnesses say the men fled the car and one entered a house in Elmcroft Avenue, near Snaresbrook Station.

Armed police and dogs were seen searching Elmcroft Avenue and nearby streets in Wanstead as a police helicopter patrolled overhead.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Nothing too dramatic has been reported.

"It seems to be a vehicle failing to stop for police and reports of a possible firearm discharge."

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