The Downing Street Gates Incident: Car Crashes into Gates of PM’s Residence
The Metropolitan police have issued an updated statement regarding the incident that occurred in Downing Street when a car collided with the gates of the Prime Minister’s residence, earlier this afternoon. According to police reports, a small cordon remains in place outside Downing Street as local officers in Westminster continue to deal with the situation. However, the incident is not being treated as terror-related.
Eye-witness Krish Kandiah was delivering a petition to Downing Street when the car crashed into the gates. Describing the incident, the scared witness told Sky News that there was an “almighty smash at the front gate”. But he was relieved to see police arrive quickly. “They shouted at the man to get out. He was wrestled out of the car and put down on the ground and handcuffed.”
It has been confirmed that the Prime Minister and Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt were in Downing Street at the time of the crash. However, Rishi Sunak, who was also present, left for a scheduled visit. The driver, who has been arrested for criminal damage and dangerous driving, had his “face to the floor” as he was being arrested, according to witness Simon Parry, 44. He noted that sniffer dogs and a bomb squad were quickly on the scene.
The current police inquiry is being led by regular police officers. However, given the sensitivity of the location, there is widespread speculation about why the car crashed into the gates.