Car mounts pavement outside London's museum, causing injuries

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A number of people were injured Saturday after a car ploughed into pedestrians outside London's Natural History Museum, London Metropolitan Police said.
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A number of people were injured Saturday after a car ploughed into pedestrians outside London's Natural History Museum, London Metropolitan Police said.

The police said they were called at 14:21pm to reports of a collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Pictures and video shared on social media showed street damage and a large police presence in the capital's museum district, which is home to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Nearby museums have been evacuated while the roads remain closed.

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."

One video online showed a man being restrained on the ground in the middle of Exhibition Road. None of the four people around him were in police uniform. A black Toyota car is behind them with the driver's door open, and it appears to have collided with a silver Vauxhall saloon.

A car has been involved in the accident and it is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured,the police said.

Police have described the incident in the South Kensington area of London as a collision and said the motive for the incident was under investigation.

"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," police said.

The incident follows a number of terror attacks in London this year in which vehicles have been used to target pedestrians.

On March 22, a terrorist drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people and injuring more than 50 before he was killed by an armed officer outside the Houses of Parliament.

On July 3, terrorists killed eight people and injured another 48 after using a van to drive into crowds at London Bridge before jumping out and stabbing customers in bars and restaurants.


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