SKY NEWS – LONDON: “A number of pedestrians” have been injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside parliament.
A man has been arrested after the vehicle drove into security barriers, the Metropolitan Police confirmed.
The driver was detained at the scene by armed police, wearing a white shirt and a black hooded puffer jacket.
The black man was led backwards away from the silver Ford after police held him at the scene for a few moments.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “At 7.37am 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 information when we have it.”
t 8.40am they added: “At this stage, officers do not believe that anybody is in a life-threatening condition. Cordons are in place to assist the investigation. Westminster tube station is closed.”
Reports suggest people are being held inside Westminster station at police request.
According to Vincent McAviney, the police radio reported the incident would be treated as “counter-terror”.
Ewalina Ochab told the Press Association: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.”
She said: “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 car she added.
According to witness reports, cyclists have been seen “lying in the road” after the crash.
Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens have been cordoned off, with the cordon moving further away from the scene.
Sky’s political reporter Aubrey Allegretti said he has been told the area around Millbank has been “sanitised”.
There are “dozens” of armed police and 10 cars on the scene, as well as two police dogs waiting nearby.
Armed police were seen leading the driver away in handcuffs, and a number of ambulances are at the scene.