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London police arrest man after auto hits, injures pedestrians near museum

London police arrest man after auto hits, injures pedestrians near museum

But it sparked panic in an area popular with families and tourists, in a city that has faced a heightened terror threat in recent months.

TV footage shows armed police on the scene. It took almost four hours before they decided it was not terror-related. He has not been charged or identified. In an interview, he described it as a "calm scene".

The incident occurred on Exhibition Road, just off the Cromwell Road which is where the main entrance to the Natural History Museum lies.

"Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police". None were in a life-threatening condition.

Britain is on its second highest security alert level, meaning an attack considered highly likely, and there have been five attacks already this year, three involving a vehicle.

The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians, including worldwide tourists.

A man was detained an now under arrest. A police forensics officer in blue coveralls took pictures of the crash site.

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also said an investigation is underway. Emergency servics were said to be on the scene outside the museum.

Roxanne Dervliet, from Bristol, was yards away when she saw police bundle on top of a man on the ground.

"All of these police came marching down saying, 'Move, move.' They said, 'you need to evacuate, '" she said. "And it was busy, people were having to struggle to get out of there", the witness said. "It was quite scary".

Another user posted: 'Looks like a guy tried to mow people down at the natural history museum'.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister was being kept up-to-date on developments.

"My thanks to the first responders at this incident this afternoon and the actions of members of the public".


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