Published On: Sat, Oct 7th, 2017

Natural History Museum crash: Moment man is detained after car hits crowd

Police said the man had been detained after a car drove into a crowd of people outside the Natural History Museum. 

A photo shared on social media shows a man being restrained by four people. Debris can be seen in the foreground with a damaged black car in the background. 

It is believed passers-by held the man, who was photographed bleeding from the ground, on the ground until police arrived at the scene. 

Video footage shows a black Toyota car with its driver’s door open, which appears to have collided with a silver Vauxhall saloon.

South Kensington has been placed in lockdown with armed officers at the scene. 

Prime Minister Theresa May is being kept up to date, according to a Downing Street spokesperson. 


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Natural History Museum: Man detained after car ploughs into crowd


A Met Police spokesman 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 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.”

Police first ruled out terror before later reversing their position and saying they were “keeping an open mind”. Anti-terror police are at the scene. 

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A man has been detained after a car hit a crowd in South Kensington

One witness said she had heard unconfirmed reports of “someone with a knife”. 

This has not bee confirmed by police. 

Another witness said the scene was “scary” and “concerning”. 

He said: “I was in one of the Chinese restaurants and suddenly all of these people were running from Exhibition Road to the station.

“Then policemen arrived and cleared the roads and told people to leave the restaurants. 

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Police with a victim of the accident in South Kensington

“The people were just panicking and running, I don’t think they knew what was going on. 

“There was a huge contingent of policemen saying ‘go, go, just run’.”

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.”

The car drove into a sign displaying a map of the area before colliding with two parked cars. 

The incident caused panic in South Kensington with witnesses taking to social media to express their concern. 

One said: “Anyone knows what happened closed to natural museum in london? People running scared.”

Another posted a picture of emergency services and wrote: “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.”

The South Kensington area is now in lockdown with Exhibition Road and a section of Cromwell Road. South Kenginston station has been cleared and closed. 

The nearby Sloane Square station has also been evacuated. 

Video footage shows police officers rushing into the station before pulling closed a barrier behind them. 

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South Kensington: Police at the scene after a car hit pedestrians

The Natural History Museum is also closed with visitors evacuated out of a side exit. 

An spokeswoman for the museum said: “A vehicle has collided with pedestrians near the Natural History Museum entrance at Exhibition Road.

“The Museum’s visitors and staff are always our first priority.

“We are working with emergency services to assess the incident and we are doing all we can.”

The incident took place at one of London’s busiest tourist areas. 

The Natural History Museum attracted more than 4.6 million visitors in 2016, while other popular attractions in the area are also on the list of must-see sights for visitors to the capital.

Exhibition Road in South Kensington, where the incident took place, is also home to the Science Museum as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Those museums attracted more than three million visitors each in 2016, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

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