Update 2 | Man crashes car into barriers outside British Parliament, no Maltese injured

A man has been arrested after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring a number of pedestrians • No Maltese people were injured

Cyclists were injured when the man drove his car into security barriers outside the House of Parliament
Cyclists were injured when the man drove his car into security barriers outside the House of Parliament

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed into a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London, police confirmed.

Streets around Millbank, Parliament Square and Victoria Tower Gardens were cordoned off, as armed police, ambulances and firefighters attended the scene. Officers could be seen surrounding the car before leading a man away in handcuffs. A number of ambulances were at the scene.

No one else was in the car and no weapons have been found so far.

Armed police were seen surrounding the vehicle at shortly before 8am on Tuesday. Scotland Yard said a man has been arrested.

Scotland Yard said: "At 07:37hrs 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."

At this stage, officers do not believe anybody is in a life-threatening condition.

The area around Millbank is on lockdown (Photo:BBC)
The area around Millbank is on lockdown (Photo:BBC)

London-based TV journalist  Vincent McAviney posted a video on Twitter showing a large police presence in the area. He also wrote that it was being treated as a Counter Terrorism related incident.

Peter Rhodes, an assistant director of operations with the service, said: “We were called at 7.40am to reports of an incident on St Margaret Street, SW1. We sent a number of resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, responders in cars and an incident response officer.“We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken them to hospital.”

A number of eyewitnesses said the silver Ford Fiesta appeared to deliberately hit members of the public.

An eyewitness said the car was travelling westbound past the Houses of Parliament when it swerved into eastbound traffic.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response."

Home Secretary Sajid Javid also thanked emergency services for their quick response.

No Maltese injured in London 

A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry confirmed that no Maltese people were amongst the pedestrians injured in the suspected terror offence in London this morning. 

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