Декабря 12, 2017


London Police Detain Driver Who Hit Pedestrians Near Natural History Museum

09 Октября 2017, 12:37 | Kara Nash

Patrick Greenfield

Natural History Museum

A man has been arrested after a auto ploughed into pedestrians on a pavement outside the Natural History Museum in London.

As of now, authorities are not treating the incident as a terrorist attack, however the cause of the collision is still under investigation and police are said to be keeping an "open mind" regarding any possible motives.

The police confirmed the incident while noting that the driver of the vehicle had already been arrested.

"The man arrested remains in custody for questioning".

The Metropolitan Police reported that officers were called at 2.21pm to a collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

"The man detained by officers is now under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station. Enquiries to establish the circumstances are underway", the statement said. Police said none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. Witnesses said it would never have had a chance of hitting large crowds with the bollards so obviously in its path, so it would not have been a likely terror attack.

"What we have seen is an incredibly rapid police response", he said.

The Natural History Museum is the fourth most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, with 4.6 million visits during 2016, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

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Prime Minister Theresa May offered her thanks to the emergency services, adding: "My thoughts are with the injured".

The district is home to the NHM, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

"Details are still emerging and I have spoken with and am in close contact with assistant Met commissioner Mark Rowley [head of United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing] and our other emergency services", Khan said.

"When we arrived there the incident had already taken place and the Police were responding".

Peter McKenna, deputy director of operations for the London Ambulance Service, said 11 patients were treated, mostly for leg and head injuries.

The current terror threat in the United Kingdom is at "severe" - the second highest level - meaning an attack is highly likely.

The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. local time when the black vehicle struck the pedestrians.

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