Armed police in East London swooped in on a fugitive wanted in Glasgow this morning, only to later find they had arrested the wrong man.

Police in Romford, east London were tipped off about a wanted man, and he was taken to a police station for questioning after being arrested just after 10am.

But hours later, officers realised they had arrested another man not wanted by police.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “Police were called to Greenway, Harold Hill at 10.06am on May 14 following information received about a wanted man in the area.

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“Officers, including armed police, attended and traced a man who was wanted by police in Glasgow.

“The man was subsequently arrested after being confirmed as wanted and taken to an East London police station for questioning.”

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But hours later, The Met Police said the wrong man was arrested.

A spokesman said: "Following enquiries, he was subsequently found to be another man not wanted by police and released with no further action."