Westminster crash: Police say incident is being treated as a terrorist attack

Police on Westminster Bridge, central London (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

THE man arrested over the Westminster car crash is in his 20s and is being held on suspicion of terrorist offences, Scotland Yard said.

Scotland Yard said: “At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

“The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.

“He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

“There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.”

The force spokesman added: “At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in the Westminster car crash and thanked the emergency services for their “immediate and courageous” response.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Huge thanks to our emergency services for their rapid reaction to incident in Westminster this morning. My thoughts are with those injured.”

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