LONDON: Several people have been injured after a car reportedly ploughed into people outside London’s Natural History Museum.
Scotland Yard said that “a number of pedestrians have been injured” in an incident in Exhibition Road in South Kensington shortly after 2.20pm.
“A man has been arrested at the scene.”
Pictures and footage from the scene showed street damage and a massive police presence in the capital’s museum district, home to the NHM, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The area is a magnet for tourists, including lots of children.
Afra Wang posted a picture of emergency services on Twitter, writing: “A crime scene? Full armed police locked the whole area out outside of @V-and-A in London. The helicopter above us doesn’t seem to leave.”
Video footage on Twitter showed a man being restrained on the ground in the middle of Exhibition Road.
None of the four people around him are in uniform.
Behind them is a black Toyota car with its driver’s door open, which appears to have collided with a silver Vauxhall saloon.
One eyewitness wrote on Twitter: “Just witnessed a car drive into people in London. Safe for now please message your friends if they’re here near the national museum.”
Another user, Lesley Carter, wrote: “Recommend steering clear of the NaturalHistoryMuseum.”
And a third, Gina Duggan, said: “Police have blocked off the road right in front of the natural history museum towards south ken station.”
The Met Police tweeted: “A number of people have been injured Exhibition Road, South Kensington.”
The force added: “A man has been detained by police.”
Witnesses have warned of heavy traffic in the area, with Cromwell Road “closed in both directions”.
In a statement, the Met said: “Police were called at 1421 on Saturday, 7 October to reports of a collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington.
“It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured.
“Officers are on scene, and the London Ambulance Service have been called.
“A man (no further dets) has been detained at the scene.
“Enquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are underway.
“If you have any information about this incident, please call 101.”