Auto mounts pavement outside London museum, according to reports

Posted October 09, 2017

British police have ruled out terrorism after detaining a man whose vehicle struck a crowd of pedestrians in London on Saturday, leaving almost a dozen people injured.

Police are not now treating an incident involving a auto outside the Natural History Museum as terrorism-related, The Independent understands.

A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of unsafe driving and taken to hospital for treatment, along with eight other people.

'Enquiries have established that this incident is not terrorist related and I'd like to thank those who came to assist the injured. The area was cordoned off Saturday by heavily armed police, according to video posted on social media.

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'Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

The crash Saturday afternoon on Exhibition Road in London's busy museum district was initially feared to be a possible attack similar to incidents earlier this year when extremists in vehicles struck pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and on London Bridge. Witnesses said it would never have had a chance of hitting large crowds with the bollards so obviously in its path, so it would not have been a likely terror attack.

"When it calmed down we walked back to where we'd been and saw a gentleman on the floor being restrained by police".

Downing Street said the Prime Minister was being kept up-to-date on developments.

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As well as the Natural History Museum, the area is also home to the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

The incident took place in one of London's most popular tourist destinations.

The incident which occurred at 2.20pm immediately sparked a full-scale security lockdown in the area but police later confirmed the collision was not terror-related. Emergency servics were said to be on the scene outside the museum.

"11 people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police". Police have not indicated the nature of the incident, saying inquiries are under way to establish the circumstances.

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