Man arrested after car hit gates of Downing Street released under investigation

A man who was arrested by armed police after his car hit the gates of Downing Street has been released under investigation.

The 43-year-old was detained by officers at the scene outside No 10 on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving on Thursday afternoon.

He was taken into custody but has has since been released under investigation, the Met Police has confirmed.

There were no reports of any injuries in the incident.

Met Police confirmed the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

Emergency services had rushed to the scene on Whitehall after a silver Kia crashed at around 4.20pm.

Officers surrounded the vehicle and arrested the motorist, while a large-scale cordon was put in place around the area in the immediate aftermath.

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Rishi Sunak was reportedly in Downing Street at the time the car crashed into the front gates. 

The prime minister, who had been due to leave No 10 anyway, departed after the crash.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt was reportedly also in the building at the time.

Eyewitness Simon Parry said: ‘I heard a bang and looked up and saw loads of police with taser guns shouting at the man.

‘A lot of police vehicles came very quickly and were very quick to evacuate the area.’

The 44-year-old said the driver had his ‘face to the floor’ as he was being arrested.

Mr Parry added: ‘There were sniffer dogs and a bomb squad.

Footage of the incident broadcast by the BBC appeared to show the car slowing down before it hits the gate.

It happened as many civil servants were leaving work.

A police cordon was initially put in place in the Whitehall area outside Downing Street, but was later removed.

Police then used a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the area.

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