Car smash sparks ter­ror panic in London

Sunday Herald - - NEWS -

ACAR ploughed into pedes­tri­ans in one of London’s busiest tourist ar­eas yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in­jur­ing 11 peo­ple and spark­ing a ma­jor ter­ror alert.

Groups of peo­ple fled for their lives af­ter the black Toy­ota Prius mounted the pave­ment close to the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in South Kens­ing­ton. How­ever, Scot­land Yard later con­firmed that the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred shortly af­ter 2.20pm, was “not be­ing treated as a ter­ror-re­lated in­ci­dent” and a man had been ar­rested over a traf­fic col­li­sion.

Those hurt were mostly suf­fer­ing from head or leg in­juries, the London Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said, with nine taken to hos­pi­tal. None were in a lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tion.

A Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice spokesman said: “While in­quiries con­tinue it is be­lieved a car mounted the pave­ment and col­lided with a num­ber of pedes­tri­ans. The man de­tained by of­fi­cers is cur­rently un­der ar­rest and is in cus­tody at a north London po­lice sta­tion. The in­ci­dent is a road traf­fic in­ves­ti­ga­tion and not a ter­ror­istre­lated in­ci­dent.”

Footage from the scene in Ex­hi­bi­tion Road showed street dam­age and a mas­sive po­lice pres­ence in the area.

A man is de­tained out­side the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum Pho­to­graph: @ck­aur13/PA

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