Two people have been injured after a silver Ford crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.
Witnesses said the car mounted the pavement on the wrong side of the road at up to 50mph and travelled around 40 metres before hitting a bollard.
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Westminster has gone into lockdown as armed police swarmed the scene on Tuesday morning. Witnesses said they thought “it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers”.
Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit is leading the investigation but the force is “keeping an open mind”.
Armed police, ambulances and firefighters are continuing to respond to the incident in central London.
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Images that have emerged since show a man being led away from the vehicle in handcuffs after armed police surrounded the car.
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.”