Natural History Museum: Police incident after ‘car mounts pavement’, injuring number of pedestrians outside London attraction

A major police incident is underway and several people have been injured after a car reportedly mounted the pavement outside London’s Natural History Museum.

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The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “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 has been detained at the scene. Enquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are underway.”

The Met said it was called to Exhibition Road at 2.21pm. The force originally said the man had been formally arrested, but later revised its statement.

The Independent understands that at this stage, police are not treating the incident as terror-related.

Dozens of officers descended on the area, and a wide cordon is in place. The A4 Cromwell Road is closed both ways.

The Prime Minister was being kept “fully informed” of developments, it was reported.

A witness told The Independent: “I saw two cars, they crashed. Two men got out of one car and took one man from the other. That’s all I saw.”

Lesley Carter drove past the scene moments after the initial incident.

He told The Independent: “Saw the man pinned down by about six people. One guy was trying to pin him down with his four- or five-year-old daughter in his arms.

“It looked like the car had smashed in to the wall between two other cars and the guy got out to run before being pinned down. Loads of people running away and within minutes the police had turned up.”

A witness told Sky News: “I was in one of the Chinese restaurants eating. All of a sudden the clientele in the restaurant just hit the floor. Then there were all these people running on Exhibition Road towards the station. A large gathering of police turned up.”

Another witness said: “We were walking near the Science Museum and heard a bang, bang … At first I thought it was gunfire.

“Then we walked past the scene of the accident and saw a guy pinned down by other men and lots of people calling the police.

“There didn’t appear to be many people hurt – a few sat by the side of the road but more looking shaken than anything.

“We were then ushered into the Science Museum and the area was quickly cleared of pedestrians.”A BBC reporter said she saw “a car diagonally across the road, looking like it was going into one of the boulders on the side of the road”.

Police asked anyone with information to call 101.

The Natural History Museum tweeted: “There’s been a serious incident outside the Museum. We are working w/ @metpoliceuk and will provide an update when we have more information.”

The A4 Cromwell Road is closed in both directions between Thurloe Place and Queen’s Gate.

South Kensington tube station, initially barricaded by police, has re-opened.

The independent