A crowd of 40 people gathered to gape at the slithering intruders when they were spotted on Sunday, July 13.

The snakes were apprehended by police, who used litter pickers and a brown bag to capture them. They were then taken to a pet shop where they were identified.

The Met police have confirmed that nobody was injured; boa constrictors are not venomous, but as their name suggests, they can squeeze their prey to death.

Speaking to the BBC, Newham’s Borough Commander Tony Nash said: “This is certainly the most bizarre call I can think of my officers dealing with during my time in Newham.”

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