Several injured after vehicle smashes into barriers outside UK Parliament

Frederick Owens
August 14, 2018

London's Metropolitan Police say no one is in a life-threatening condition following a vehicle crash outside the Houses of Parliament.

Scotland Yard said this morning they were now treating the incident as a serious road traffic collision and arrested a suspect at the scene.

Images showed police holding the man, dressed in jeans and a black puffer jacket, in handcuffs as roads around parliament were sealed off.

Parliament Square has been closed and the streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens have been cordoned off as dozens of armed police swooped on the scene.

Scotland Yard has not yet confirmed whether the incident is terror-related, but counter terror officers are at the scene.

"We're kind of stuck waiting to hear from our bosses what to do", she said. "I turned around and I saw a silver auto driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement", she reportedly said.

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The driver was arrested at the scene by heavily armed police. A number of pedestrians have been injured.

Officers remain on the scene.

The vehicle involved, a small silver hatchback, could be seen smashed into a security barrier at a vehicle security checkpoint in the parliament perimeter fence.

No other details were immediately available, but Metropolitan Police said on Twitter that they will issue more information when they have it. He was shot dead at the scene.

The incident evoked memories of terror incidents in London last year, including an attack at nearby Westminster Bridge in March in which 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove a vehicle onto the pavement, killing five people and injuring more 50 people.

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