Man held on suspicion of terrorism over Westminster crash – RTE.ie



A man has been arrested after a number of pedestrians were injured when a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London, police said.

The area is in lockdown after armed police arrived on the scene at around 7.35am.

Police said the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident”, and that the investigation is being by led by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism Command. 

Images posted to social media showed a suspect surrounded by officers being led away from the vehicle in handcuffs.

Police said the man is in his 20s and is being held on suspicion of terrorist offences.

Video footage shows a man being arrested after a number of pedestrians were injured when the car he was driving crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London | https://t.co/9UTNyVqn8R pic.twitter.com/eSiBqtS3Zu

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) August 14, 2018

Scotland Yard added that the man, who was alone, was driving a silver Ford Fiesta which collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into the security barriers.

No weapons were recovered, police said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in the incident and thanked the emergency services for their “immediate and courageous” response.

Parliament is in recess and Mrs May is currently on holiday outside of the UK.

“My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response,” Mrs May said on Twitter.

“My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response.” – PM @theresa_may

— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) August 14, 2018

At 0737hrs today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have it.

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 14, 2018

Armed police outside parliament – “move back as quick as you can, we’re asking you for a reason.” pic.twitter.com/twww2nNhm3

— Jonathan Blake (@blakeyblogs) August 14, 2018

Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens were cordoned off.

Westminster station has been closed for both entry and exit due to the security alert, Transport for London said.

Police said that no one is believed to be in a life-threatening condition following the incident.

London Ambulance Service said two people were treated at the scene.

Assistant Director of Operations Peter Rhodes said: “We sent a number of resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, responders in cars and an incident response officer.

“We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken them to hospital.” 

Eyewitness Ewelina Ochab told the Press Association: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.

“I was walking on the other side [of the road]. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement.”

“The person driving did not go out” of the vehicle, she added.

The vehicle did not appear to have a front registration plate when it crashed, she added.

Car crashes into barriers at Houses of Parliament in Westminster (Video: Ewelina U Ochab) pic.twitter.com/Q8IcUyb50E

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) August 14, 2018

The Houses of Parliament are surrounded with security barriers of steel and concrete.

The measures were extended in the wake of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017 when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.

Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed unarmed police constable Keith Palmer before he was shot by armed police in a courtyard outside parliament.