Tom Goodenough

Police treating Westminster car crash as terrorist incident

Police treating Westminster car crash as terrorist incident
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A man in his twenties has been arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences after a car crashed into security barriers outside Parliament. A number of cyclists and pedestrians were injured in the incident which took place at 7.37am today. Armed police officers were filmed leading a man in handcuffs away from the scene. The Met Police's assistant commissioner Neil Basu confirmed that the incident is being treated as a terrorism. He said:

'Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command. Officers are searching the vehicle and no other weapons have been found at this time.'

Downing Street confirmed that the current UK terror threat level remains at 'severe'. In a statement, Theresa May said:

'Today’s suspected attack outside of the Houses of Parliament is shocking. For the second time in as many years the home of our democracy, which is a potent symbol of our precious values of tolerance and freedom, has witnessed terrible scenes just yards from its door. My thoughts are with the innocent members of the public who were hurt in this appalling incident. I wish them a speedy recovery and we must be thankful that nobody suffered life-threatening injuries. My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response.'

This video is believed to show the moment that the car struck the barriers outside Parliament:

Rooftop camera shows moment car crashes into barriers outside Parliament #Westminster

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 14, 2018

This footage shows the moment a man was arrested by police.

Breaking: Big armed police response to car which has cashed into Parliament barriers we are now being moved back

— Vincent McAviney (@VinnyMcAv) August 14, 2018

Written byTom Goodenough

Tom Goodenough is the Spectator's online editor.

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