Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Vehicle rams into crowd outside London museum, several injured, police say

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline'Police were called at 1421 on Saturday 7 October to reports of a collision in Exhibition Road South Kensington Police say a number of people have been injured after collision near Victoria & Albert Museum in London
Jo Caldwell | 08 October, 2017, 00:47

Several people have been injured and a man has been arrested after a auto ploughed into pedestrians in one of London's busiest tourist areas.

Police have launched an inquiry to trace the motive behind the incident.

A spokesman said: "It is not being treated as a terrorist incident at this stage while we establish what has happened".

"Then we walked past the scene of the accident and saw a guy pinned down by other men and lots of people calling the police".

"We treated 11 patients, mostly for leg and head injuries, and took nine of them to hospital", Peter McKenna, deputy director of operations at the ambulance service, said.

London has seen three fatal terror attacks this year where a vehicle was used to mow people down - at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and outside a mosque in Finsbury Park.

British media reports said that the incident occurred after an uncontrolled vehicle mounted the pavement outside the Museum - a major tourist attraction.

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Armed police were deployed to the scene and the whole area was cordoned off.

At a time of high tension in the United Kingdom capital, the incident is not being treated as terror-related, Metropolitan Police said, calling it a "road trafficinvestigation".

"Whilst enquiries continue it is believed a auto mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians". She says "all of these police came marching down saying, 'Move, move.' They said, 'you need to evacuate'".

The man detained at the scene is now under arrest and being held at a police station, according to the statement.

Metropolitan police, however, could not provide the actual number of casualties. A police forensics officer in blue coveralls took pictures of the crash site.

The Natural History Museum said there was "a serious incident" outside the building.

In June, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage at bars at nearby Borough Market.

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