Parliament auto crash: What's happening in Westminster?


LONDON-A auto crashed into barriers outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning, injuring pedestrians, just yards away from the site of a terrorist attack previous year.

In a statement on Twitter, London's Metropolitan Police said a number of pedestrians were injured and that it will issue more information when they have it.

"The male driver of the auto was arrested by officers at the scene".

The cordon was widened twice and sniffer dogs were seen scanning the area.

London police say that a auto has crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament and that there are a number of injured.

"It looked deliberate", he said. "It was, in my opinion, something planned and something very sinister".

'I'm jumping off to the right and once it had gone past I looked to the left and saw her on the ground with bikes everywhere.

Armed police were seen pointing their weapons directly into the vehicle.

Armed police swarmed the scene and cordoned off a large area around the parliament in central London, usually bustling with tourists and government workers.

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A silver Ford Fiesta sped down the street, striking a group of cyclists before smashing into a concrete barrier created to thwart vehicle bombs.

Anxious bystanders could be seen looking on as the cyclists sat on St Margaret Street waiting for help following the crash that has injured at least two people.

She continued: "I was walking on the other side [of the road]".

The London Ambulance service said it had treated two people on the scene for non-serious injuries, before taking them to hospital.

Several streets around Parliament were blocked off and the Westminster Underground station was closed. As parliament is in recess for summer, most lawmakers are not using the building.

Prime Minister Theresa May didn't comment directly on the attack but expressed concern for those injured.

The Palace of Westminster, where Parliament convenes, bolstered security around the buildings in March 2017, after Khalid Masood drove his auto into crowds along Westminster Bridge, killing four people. He was shot dead at the scene.

"We've had attacks over the years..."