A number of people have been injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.
The car hit the barriers in central London at high speed shortly after 07:30 BST after striking a number of pedestrians in what police have described as a terror attack. No-one is believed to be in a life-threatening condition.
Eyewitnesses report seeing the vehicle swerve into oncoming traffic outside the House of Commons before crashing into the barrier.
Dozens of armed officers arrived at the scene within minutes and the driver of the car was arrested at the scene.
Breaking: Big armed police response to car which has cashed into Parliament barriers we are now being moved back pic.twitter.com/rYAqExq6rn
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Police have set up a wide cordon around the area under the Terrorism Act, with the streets around Millbank, Parliament Square, and Victoria Gardens restricted to the public and media. Westminster tube station has been closed.
In a statement, the Met Police said:
“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.”