London: Emergency services respond to ‘chemical’ incident
Met Police along with firefighters and paramedics evacuated the building and neighbouring restaurant after staff found the woman, in her 30s dead at the £125-a-night hotel in Leisure Way.Witnesses reported being “quarantined” as firefighters and police in protective gear entered the hotel.
Eight police cars, six fire engines and eight ambulances rushed to the scene.
Daily Star Online understands the substance discovered at the hotel is believed by detectives to be the powerful opioid Fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a painkiller 50 times more potent than morphine, it is highly addictive and linked to the drug crisis in the US.
One witness told Daily Star Online: “My husband has just been advised by police that they found someone dead with unknown chemicals.
“Until they figure out what they are they can’t give any more information.”
Cops confirmed they are not treating the incident as “terror related”.
The force added the evacuation was carried out as a “precaution”.
In a statement, the Met Police said: “Police were called at 2.44pm Thursday, 6 June by staff to a hotel in Leisure Way, N12.
“A women in her 30s was found unresponsive by staff in the building.
“London Ambulance Service attended and the female was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Efforts are ongoing to identify the woman and inform next of kin.”
The spokeswoman added: “Her death is currently being treated as suspicious.
“Officers from North West Command Unit remain on scene. Enquiries continue.
“Following the discovery of a substance, guests and staff were evacuated as a precaution.
“There are no serious injuries. Not terror related.”
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 2:46pm today (06 June) to reports of an incident on Leisure Way, Finchley.
“We sent a number of resources to the scene.
“Sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We assessed an additional six people but they were not taken to hospital.”