The Speaker
Friday, 14 June 2024 – 09:47

Westminster Terror Crash: What we know so far

At 7:37 on Tuesday morning London was awoken by yet another attempted terror attack on its streets.

A man believed to be in his late twenties crashed a car into the security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

Footage of the incident shows the car mounting the pavement before hitting several pedestrians and coming to a stop against security barriers that were put in place after the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March 2017.

Three people were injured in what is believed to be a terror attack, but all have since been discharged by medical services.

The attack prompted a huge and swift response from the police, who cordoned off much of the area surrounding parliament square.

What we know so far:

The attack is being treated as an attempted terror attack by Scotland Yard, with the head of counter-terrorism Neil Basu stating that ‘given that this appears a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating this as a terrorist incident’.

A 29-year old man was arrested at the scene and no other suspects were present in the car.

The police also found no weapons in the vehicle.

The suspect is yet to be formally identified by the police, but it is not believed he is known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police.

The suspect is uncooperative with police efforts, but multiple raids have been made in the west-midlands throughout the night.

The suspect, believed to be from Birmingham drove down from the region last night before leaving the vehicle in the Tottenham Court Road area until around 05:55.

He is then believed to have driven around the Westminster and Whitehall area from around 06:00 until the attack at 07:37.

Much of the immediate area around the incident is still cordoned off, however, Parliament reopened for tours via Portcullis House later in the day.

Parliament is currently in recess and no formal is business was believed to have been disrupted as a result.

The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of Cobra and has since paid tribute to the ‘formidable courage’ of the emergency services involved.

She has urged the public to stay vigilant but to ‘carry on as normal’.

The Speakerpolitics news desk will keep you up to date as more information emerges

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