Man arrested after car hits Downing Street gates


One person has been arrested after a car hit the main gates of Downing Street.

Police said there were no injuries.

Pictures broadcast on television showed cordons in place along Whitehall.

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Car that crashed into Downing Street gates

“At around 4.20hrs a car collided with the gates of Downing Street on Whitehall,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“Armed officers arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving.

“There are no reports of any injuries.”

Footage of the incident showed a small silver hatchback which appeared to come out of a car park next to the Ministry of Defence building.

The vehicle crosses Whitehall, near the Cenotaph, before abruptly breaking and then driving forward directly into the gates of Downing Street.

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