Secret police exercise shatters the peace in sleepy London suburb

‘Sounded like gunshots’: Explosions and low-flying helicopters cause panic among residents in south London as ‘secret night-time police exercise’ takes place

  • Residents were woken by a police training exercise in south west London 
  • Loud bangs and low flying helicopters were heard near Mortlake Brewery
  • Disturbed residents took to social media to vent their frustration at the noise 

A secret police training exercise sparked panic among sleeping residents of a leafy London suburb tonight. 

Loud bangs and low flying helicopters were heard near Mortlake Brewery in Mortlake, south west London, leaving residents shaken from the loud explosions. 

Angry residents quickly took to social media to share the nights’ events, with one describing the peace-shattering sounds as ‘like gunshots’, and pleaded with police to shed some light on what was going on.

Loud bangs and low flying helicopters were heard near Mortlake Brewery in Mortlake, south west London, leaving residents shaken from the loud explosions (pictured)

Jack Kisby-Carroll wrote: ‘Very loud explosions around 4-6 of them. Helicopters flying all over Mortlake Brewery. No warning of this. All after 11pm.’ 

Topaz Amoore wrote: ‘Military training in a residential area at 11pm? It’s madness. Everyone very shaken by the loud explosion and the low flying helicopter.’

Loud bangs and low flying helicopters (file image) were heard near Mortlake Brewery in Mortlake, south west London, leaving residents shaken from the loud explosions

Angry residents quickly took to social media to share the nights’ events, with one describing the peace-shattering sounds as ‘like gunshots’

Damien wrote: ‘There’s a ridiculous amount of noise and helicopters flying out of the Mortlake brewery site. It’s after 11pm at night and families are trying to sleep. 

‘Lion Lady’ wrote: ‘They’re using the brewery as a police training site. They’ve been doing controlled explosions all day and landing the helicopters on site. Can’t believe it’s still happening at this time tho. I can’t even keep my windows open it’s so loud.’ 

People living in Southfields four miles away even reported hearing the helicopters above.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed that officers were carrying out a training exercise

A Met Police spokesman confirmed that officers were carrying out a training exercise. 

‘The cacophony had being going on since late afternoon….what the hell is going on….please investigate.’ 

Jessica Duchen added: ‘Weird stuff going on SW14. Three loud bangs – sounded like gunshots – close enough to send our cat scuttling in from garden and now helicopters circling low near Mortlake and the river. Anyone know anything?’ 

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