A man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving after a vehicle was driven into the gates of Downing Street in London. The car crashed into the gates at around 4:20 pm (1520 GMT) on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Images on social media showed the car surrounded by emergency vehicles. The force added that no-one has been hurt.
In a statement released on Twitter, the Metropolitan Police said: “At around 16:20 hrs a car collided with the gates of Downing Street on Whitehall.
“Armed officers arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving. “There are no reports of any injuries. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Large sections of Whitehall have been closed to the public and vehicles following the incident, with pedestrians being turned away from the main thoroughfare around Downing Street in central London.
There is a significant police presence in the area. Downing Street houses the official residences and offices of the prime minister of the United Kingdom and the chancellor of the exchequer.