Parliament car crash: Driver arrested on terrorism offences, several pedestrians hurt after vehicle hits barriers – ABC Local

Updated August 14, 2018 20:13:20

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A man has been detained on suspicion of terrorist offences after a car hit pedestrians and crashed into a barrier outside the UK Parliament.

Key points:
A number of pedestrians injured but not believed to be in life-threatening condition
Male driver of car arrested by officers at the scene
Not clear if incident is terror related, police say

London’s Metropolitan Police said a number of pedestrians were injured in the incident but at this stage none of them are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Footage on social media showed a handcuffed man being led away by heavily armed police.

Eyewitnesses said the driver of the Ford Fiesta drove from one side of the road to the other, striking a group of cyclists before hitting the barricades.

“Someone [was] driving towards parliament at speed, it wasn’t normal, it’s not a minor, like, accident, it’s not like a road traffic incident,” witness Jason Williams told UK’s Sky News.

“This is something in my opinion planned and very serious.”

Two people were treated at the scene for injuries that were not believed to be serious, London Ambulance service said. Media reports said a cyclist was among the injured.

Television images showed police pointing their guns at a vehicle which appeared to have entered a lane used for access to the Parliament building before it stopped at a security barrier.

Infographic: Site of the crash outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

London’s Metropolitan Police said they are treating the crash outside Parliament as a terrorist incident.

Authorities said in a statement that a man in his 20s was “arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences”.

No one else was in the car, which police said is being searched at the scene of the accident.

They added that no weapons have been recovered at this stage.

The incident happened about 7:37am local time, police said.

Nearby Westminster Underground station was closed and the building cordoned off.

No one was being allowed entry to Parliament.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in the incident.

External Link: @theresa_May: My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response

As Parliament is in recess for summer most MPs are not using the building and Ms May is currently on holiday outside the UK.

Photo: The car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. (AP: Sam Lister)

The car slammed into barriers that had been extended following the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017 when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds, killing four people.

It was the first of five attacks in Britain last year which police blamed on terrorism.

Photo: Police cordoned off the area outside Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. (ABC News: Jack Hawke)


Topics: law-crime-and-justice, united-kingdom

First posted August 14, 2018 17:15:24