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Westminster suspect held on suspicion terror offences

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Published by at 8:09am 14th August 2018 (Updated 1:35pm 14th August 2018)

The man arrested over the Westminster car crash is in his 20s and is being held on suspicion of terrorist offences.

 

Here's the statement from the Police

The Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command is investigating an incident in Westminster this morning during which a number of people were injured.

At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.

He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.

A number of people were injured as a result of the collision and they have been taken to hospital.

At this early stage none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

Officers remain at the scene and cordons are in place to assist the investigation. Road closures in the area are likely to remain in place for some time. Westminster Tube station is currently closed.

At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met's Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation can call 0800 789 321.

Anyone who may have footage or images of the incident is asked to send them to police via: www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

The public can also expect to see extra police officers - both armed and unarmed - out on the streets in and around central London.

The public should remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious that causes concern, dial 999 immediately.

1:35pm

The terror suspect has reportedly been identified and is believed to be from Midlands

1:34pm

The US President has spoken out on social media

 

 

10:28am

The Prime minister has responded to this morning's incident 

9:24am
9:10am

Latest from the London Ambulance service 

 

9:08am
8:56am
8:46am

Here's a statement from the Police

A man has been arrested following a collision in Westminster this morning.

At 07:37hrs today, Tuesday 14 August, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

The male driver of the car (no further details) was arrested by officers at the scene.

A number of pedestrians have been injured. We await an update on their condition, however officers do not believe that anyone is in a life-threatening condition.

Officers remain at the scene and cordons are in place to assist the investigation.

8:38am

Armed police have been sent to the scene and the area is now in lockdown.

 

8:14am

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

There are reportedly "dozens" of armed police on the scene.

Armed police were seen leading the driver away in handcuffs, and a number of ambulances are at the scene.

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