Hampstead Heath: 'Breaking Bad-style crystal meth lab' found in north London park
A Breaking Bad-style make-shift ‘crystal meth’ lab was reportedly found in a tent hidden under bushes in a popular north London park.
The suspected-drugs lab was discovered at Hampstead Heath on Tuesday afternoon and initially sparked a terror scare as police feared the chemicals and equipment inside could have been used for bomb-making, The Sun reported.
Police cordoned off the area and carried out a five-day investigation. The cordoned was lifted and the crime scene cleared on Sunday.
The tent was hidden beneath camouflage sheets, brambles and tree branches so it would not be spotted by passers-by or dog walkers.
But one passer-by alerted police after discovering the tent near East Heath Road at about 2.30pm on Tuesday.
A police cordon on Hampstead Heath (@MPSWestHampstd)
A source was quoted by The Sun as saying: “There were glass jars, bottles, liquids and paraphernalia which led to fears that someone was making bombs.
“Further checks established it was in fact a makeshift laboratory for manufacturing Crystal Meth.
“Police apparently believe whoever set it up probably got the idea from watching the programme Breaking Bad.”
The park, home to the heath’s regularly used swimming ponds, is extremely popular with tourists and local residents.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police in the Central North Command Unit are dealing after a suspected drugs-lab was discovered.
“Officers were called at around 14:30hrs on Tuesday, 11 September, to reports of suspicious items found on Hampstead Heath near to East Heath Road, NW3.
“A number of containers were found concealed in a wooded area.
“Specialist officers attended to assess the nature of the items found.
“Cordons were put in place and the area was subjected to a search by specially trained officers. The material recovered has now been assessed and is believed to be substances used in the manufacture of controlled drugs.”
No arrests have been made.
Local West Hampstead officers said on Sunday afternoon that the crime scene had no ended and the park was open as normal.