It was all happening in South Norwood this afternoon as a fire broke out and a man was left injured after a police car crashed into a van.

Both incidents happened in Portland Road after police and the fire brigade were called to a fire in the street.

A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: "We were called at 11.54am to reports of a fire.

"We attended Portland Road and found that it was rubbish up against a building wall that was on fire."

The fire was put out shortly after midday.

A shopkeeper on the corner of Portland Road and Addison Road said it was "a small fire" and that traffic was "backing up very far."

That wasn't all that happened on the road though.

Police responding to the fire were involved in a crash on Portland Road as well.

A police spokesman said: "Two officers who were responding to the incident in a marked vehicle were involved in a road traffic collision with a vehicle in Portland Road, near the junction with Watcombe Road.

"A man aged in his 30s was treated by LAS for a facial injury. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

"The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed as a matter of course."

Enquiries into the circumstances of the fire are still ongoing.