Westminster Parliament car crash – suspicion of terrorism

BBC: Westminster car crash: Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament.

The vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians shortly after 07:30 BST, injuring three people.

The 29-year-old suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police, and is not co-operating with officers. Searches are taking place in Birmingham and Nottingham.

Two people were treated in hospital for their injuries but discharged.

Scotland Yard’s head of counter terrorism Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident.”

Urging the public to remain vigilant but “carry on as normal”, Theresa May added: “For the second time in as many years the home of our democracy, which is a potent symbol of our precious values of tolerance and freedom, has witnessed terrible scenes just yards from its door.”

The suspect, who has not been formally identified, is being held at a south London police station and the vehicle is being searched.

Sources say he is from the Birmingham area.

Security Minister Ben Wallace told the BBC the suspect was British but originally from another country.

This sort of attack is bloody awful. Fortunately this time there have been no deaths, but it is an ongoing concern in the UK.

Security bollards seem to have been fairly effective.

See Missy’s coverage here

 

27 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  August 15, 2018

    Last reports I have heard say three properties in the Midlands are being searched by police in connection to this incident.

    Also, I understand the suspect continues to refuse to cooperate with the police.

  2. Blazer

     /  August 15, 2018

    there has been a car accident in London,2 people have been treated for minor injuries.
    I expect the driver of the wayward vehicle must be Muslim or Russian.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 15, 2018

      Or Irish.

      My maiden name was one that I shared with more than one IRA terrorist. No relation, of course, wrong religion, but it was still embarrassing. Mama and her sister married the two local men with Catholic sounding names, much to my grandfather’s chagrin.

  3. sorethumb

     /  August 15, 2018

    Black + migrant + [religion unknown]

    • Missy

       /  August 15, 2018

      A girl I work with is quite involved in the African community in London, (Kenyan and Nigerian), and her pick is that his features most likely suggest Gambia or Somalia.

      • sorethumb

         /  August 15, 2018

      • Blazer

         /  August 15, 2018

        she of course being…neither.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 15, 2018

          Fancy anyone giving that silly bitch oxygen.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 15, 2018

            He may not be a migrant; there have been black people in the UK for a long time.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 15, 2018

              I think a report said he was a UK citizen but born elsewhere.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 15, 2018

              It was impossible to say what skin colour the suspect had from that video.

            • Missy

               /  August 15, 2018

              Are you serious? You could not tell skin colour from that? I think you need to get your eyes checked Kitty. But to help here is a photo.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 15, 2018

              It was a tiny video and his face was about the size of a watch battery. Shadows made others look dark-skinned. I could see it all right on the news with a 19′ screen, But the video here is minuscule.

              My eyes are perfectly all right, thank you.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 15, 2018

              In the little video above, he’s behind someone some of the time and seems to be facing away from the camera, it could be anyone. I have just looked again, and it was still hard to see him clearly there.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 15, 2018

              19” screen

  4. “it is an ongoing concern in the UK”

    Not sufficient of a concern to the authorities to make them actually do anything about it, however. I wonder why?

    I am surprised they even mentioned the word “terrorism”. Normally we get something like “car crash, probably brake failure, certainly nothing to do with terrorism”; then three weeks later they admit it was terrorism. What is different about this one? Did the Assistant Commissioner fail to check with his superiors for the ‘party line’?

    And why was the announcement on the Met website headed by a near-half-page photo of said Assistant Commissioner Basu, as though it were a PR puff for a pop singer? Curiouser and curiouser.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 15, 2018

      If it’s obviously someone having a heart attack at the wheel, then terrorism wouldn’t be suspected, Otherwise yes, especially there.

      I have heard things along the lines of terrorism being unlikely in this case. Never the words you quote. Terrorism is not automatically attributed in all cases of cars going into people, but in places where it’s happened before, it will be investigated.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 15, 2018

        When I said ‘in this case’, I didn’t mean this particular one, although it might look as if I did. My mistake, I should have used quote marks.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 15, 2018

          I don’t know what the authorities can do, without tapping every phone in the UK and listening to every conversation and bugging every house, cafe, car, lamp post…..

          • Corky

             /  August 15, 2018

            You’re joking, right? Here’s a clue. Look at his face…look at his surroundings. Guess who doesn’t belong.

  5. Zedd

     /  August 15, 2018

    If in doubt; blame it on terrorism or the reds under the bed

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 15, 2018

    A Sudanese immigrant, the Telegraph reports.