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Man arrested for crashing car into Downing Street gates; Rishi Sunak was in office, evacuated

10 Downing Street: A man was arrested as he crashed a car into the gates of 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in London. Sunak was present inside the office when the incident took place.

Sources said Sunak was in his office at the time of the incident. He left soon after from another exit for a pre-scheduled departure,.

Counter-terrorism police not involved

Metropolitan Police said the cordons placed by police around the street had since been lifted. But armed officers remained on guard at the Prime Minister’s office, as is usual. Counter-terrorism police were not involved in the ongoing police enquiries at this stage.

“At around 16.20 hours [local time] a car collided with the gates of Downing Street on Whitehall,” the Met Police said in a statement.

“Armed officers arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving. There are no reports of any injuries. Enquiries are ongoing,” the police said.

Police search vehicle

Officers were pictured searching the vehicle’s boot and removing a large white sheet.

Officials inside Downing Street were initially asked to stay indoors but could soon be seen moving out of offices, including from the Cabinet Office which is next door to 10 Downing Street.

Meanwhile, images on social media showed a silver Kia passenger car with its boot open slammed into the gates of Downing Street, which is significantly protected with barriers and a solid double-barrel black iron gate at all times.

As CCTV footage emerged, a handcuffed heavy-set man with white hair could be seen being led away by armed Met Police officers. Eyewitnesses reported hearing a bang and officers shouting at the suspect as taser guns were deployed before the arrest.

Officers were later pictured searching the vehicle’s boot and removing a large white sheet.

CCTV footage shows car driving into the gates

CCTV footage of the incident being played on television showed the small silver hatchback coming out of a car park next to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) building, crossing Whitehall before abruptly breaking and then driving forward directly into the gates of Downing Street. The security around one of the most famous streets of the world has been heightened ever since the militant Irish Republican Army (IRA) threat in the 1990s.

The main gates remain shut at all times behind additional movable barriers and are opened only briefly for any official cars entering or exiting the street. Any visitors to Downing Street are subjected to strict checks through a side gate.

The incident took place days after a 19-year-old Indian-American man crashed a truck into a security barrier near the White House.

Sai Varshith Kandula, who allegedly praised Adolf Hitler, slammed a rented U-Haul box truck into barriers along Lafayette Square just steps from the White House late Monday. No one was injured in the crash and no explosives were found inside the rented vehicle.

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