London Museum Crash 'Not Terror-Related'

تم نشره في Sat 7 October / Oct 2017. 12:00 AM
  • A picture of the car at the scene on Exhibition Road - (AFP/Getty Images)

CAPITALS — A crash outside a London museum that injured 11 people was not terror-related, police say.

A car mounted the pavement outside the Natural History Museum in Exhibition Road, South Kensington, at 14:20 BST.

The Metropolitan Police earlier said one person had been arrested and video footage that emerged on Twitter showed a man being restrained on the ground.

An update from the force said the incident was now being treated as "a road traffic collision".

London Ambulance said the people it treated - including the detained man - had mostly sustained head and leg injuries. Nine were taken to hospital.

The Met said none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening or life changing.

The man is being held in custody at a north London police station.

Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted her thanks to first responders and members of the public, adding: "My thoughts are with the injured."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also tweeted his thanks and hopes for a "swift recovery" for those injured.

"For Londoners and visitors planning to visit our excellent museums and attractions in the area, please be assured they will be open as usual tomorrow."

It took the Met almost four hours to confirm the circumstances around the incident.

The current terror threat in the UK is at "severe" - the second highest level - meaning an attack is highly likely.

Exhibition Road is an area popular with tourists as it is home to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

BBC reporter Chloe Hayward, who was leaving the Natural History Museum as the crash happened, said she saw a car "diagonally across the road", looking like it had hit a bollard, before armed officers arrived.