BREAKING : Car ploughs into security barriers at the House of Parliament

August 14, 2018
| Report Focus News

ARMED police rushed to the scene after a car crashed into Parliament barriers on Tuesday morning with video showing officers sprinting to the scene.

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

Officers could be seen surrounding the car before leading a man away in handcuffs. A number of ambulances arrived at the scene.

Scotland Yard said: “At 0737 hours 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 info when we have it.”

It was unclear if the incident was terror related.

A witness, Ewalina Ochab, said: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers. 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 vehicle.”

The car did not appear to have a front registration plate when it crashed, she added.

The Houses of Parliament are surrounded with security barriers of steel and concrete. The measures were extended after the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.

Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed unarmed PC Keith Palmer before he was shot by armed police in a courtyard outside parliament.