Counter Terrorism officers are carrying out searches at three addresses in the Midlands as part of their ongoing investigation into a collision in Westminster this morning, during which three people were injured.
At 07:37hrs on Tuesday, 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.
A man and a woman were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and have now both been discharged. Another man was also treated at the scene.
The driver of the car, a 29-year-old man, who is a UK national, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He was arrested on suspicion of preparation of a terrorist act, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006.
He was detained under TACT and taken to a south London police station where he currently remains in police custody. The priority for the investigation team is to understand the full circumstances and motivation behind this incident.
At the time of the arrest, there was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and has been searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.
Given that it appears to have been a deliberate act, the method used and the iconic location, it is being treated as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
At this early stage, there is no intelligence of further danger to Londoners or the rest of the UK in connection with this incident.
Detectives have established that the Fiesta, registration number FL10 CWZ and which is privately owned, travelled from Birmingham to London late on Monday night (13 August), arriving in the London area just after midnight (14 August).
The vehicle was in the Tottenham Court Road area from approximately 01:25hrs until 05:55hrs. It was then driven around the Westminster and Whitehall area from approximately 06:00hrs and stayed in this area until the time of the incident.
Officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen the vehicle or the driver either in the Tottenham Court Road area in the early hours of this morning (14 August), or in the Westminster area from 06:00hrs today, to contact them on 0800 789 321.
Anyone with footage or images of the incident are also asked to send these to the investigation team via our website www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk
As part of their enquiries, detectives are also carrying out searches at two addresses in Birmingham and an address in Nottingham. These searches remain ongoing and are being carried out by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, supported by colleagues from both the East Midlands Special Operations Unit and West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit.
At this stage, there have been no other arrests in connection with this investigation.
In addition, Project Servator officers, who have specialist skills to recognise when a person is displaying minute signs of anxiety, have been deployed in Westminster today, to identify anyone who may be in the area for terrorist or other criminal purposes. These officers are both in uniform and plain clothes and will confront anyone they suspect may be in an area for criminal purposes.
As always, the public should remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious or something that causes concern, then dial 999 immediately.