Car rams into gate of UK Prime Minister’s residence, man arrested
British police have arrested a lone driver after he plowed into the gate of the British Prime Minister’s residence. Downing Street in London on Thursday.
The police arrested the man. on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving, but authorities have not yet determined whether the crash was intentional. Armed security personnel patrol the gate all the time, but no one was injured in the incident.
The images show the vehicle, a white sedan, crashing into the gate at a relatively low speed.
“I heard an explosion and looked up and saw heavily loaded police with Taser guns yelling at the man,” eyewitness Simon Perry, 44, told The Associated Press. “Many police vehicles arrived very quickly and were very quick to evacuate the area.”
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British Prime Minister Rishi Singh was inside the offices adjoining the residence at the time of the incident.
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London police cordoned off Whitehall, a main thoroughfare connecting many of the city’s famous monuments and tourist attractions, shortly after the incident. Officers soon reopened the road to the public.
This incident has happened after about a month. President Biden’s visit A series of terrorist threats to the region started from Northern Ireland. Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency raised the terror threat level in Northern Ireland to “severe” during Biden’s visit.
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The fence around Downing Street was only erected in 1989 after members of the Irish Republican Army terrorist group fired three mortars into the avenue, one of which landed in the backyard of the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street. was
The Associated Press contributed to this report.