Armed police shoot man dead near Kensington Palace after bank robbed at gunpoint

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Armed police have shot a man dead following a police chase through Kensington, moments after a bank and bookies had been robbed at gunpoint.

Police had been scrambled to Kensington Road, London, after reports of "three loud bangs" near Kensington Palace, early on Saturday afternoon.

A helicopter was circling the area on Saturday afternoon, and officers soon confirmed the incident was not connected to the palace.

Now, a statement from the Met has confirmed the exact nature of the incident.

It reads: "At 3.04pm on Saturday, 11 December police were called to reports of a man with a firearm seen to enter a bank and bookmakers in Marloes Road, W8.

"The man was then seen to get into a vehicle and leave the area.

"At 3.19pm, armed officers stopped a vehicle at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate, SW7.

"Shots were fired and a man sustained gunshot wounds.

"The London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance were called and the man was treated at the scene.

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"Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at 4.08pm"

Police have confirmed the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

Investigators are now working to confirm the man's identity, and the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.

The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, will now conduct a full review of the circumstances.

Road closures at the junction near Kensington Palace will remain in place for some time, the force has warned local residents.

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