A car crashed into the main gates of Downing Street, London, Thursday afternoon. One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed a man was arrested by armed officers at the gates of Downing Street — the official London residence and office of the Prime Minister — at 16:20 Thursday afternoon. The man was arrested on suspicion of “criminal damage and dangerous driving” after a vehicle drove into the security gates at the entrance to the heavily-guarded street.
Police said there were no injuries. Police later said they weren’t treating the incident as being terror-related.
An eye witness told Breitbart News Whitehall, which is the historic thoroughfare on which the principal government ministries of the United Kingdom are located and from which Downing Street springs, has been closed off by police. Hours later, once forensic teams had searched the vehicle and recorded the scene, the vehicle was loaded onto a truck and removed. Whitehall was re-opened to the public by evening.
A police recovery truck lifts a car after it collided with the gates of Downing Street in London. The Metropolitan Police said armed officers have arrested a man on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2023. (Photo by Lucy North/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 25: Police take measures as one person has been arrested in London after a car crashed gates of Downing Street, where the Prime Minister’s Office, Number 10, is located, in United Kingdom on May 25, 2023. “There are no reports of any injuries,” the police said, adding that investigations are ongoing. (Photo by Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Members of the media work at a cordon set up on Whitehall after a car is driven into the gates of Downing Street, the official residence of Britain’s Prime Minister in central London on May 25, 2023. Armed police arrested one man after a car crashed into the gates of the UK prime minister’s Downing Street residence in central London on Thursday, Scotland Yard said. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)