Several people injured in car incident near London museum

 07 Oct 2017 - 17:27

Several people injured in car incident near London museum
Police officers stand in the road outside the Natural History Museum, after a car mounted the pavement injuring a number of pedestrians, police said, in London, Britain October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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LONDON: London police said on Saturday a number of pedestrians had been injured near the city's Natural History Museum and that a man had been detained at the scene.

British media reported a car had mounted the pavement outside the tourist attraction.

Police described the incident in the South Kensington area of west London as a collision and said the motive for the incident was under investigation.

"Inquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are under way," police said.

The museum said on Twitter it was working with police after "a serious incident" outside and would provide more information later.

The police statement said officers were on the scene and that London Ambulance Service had been called. The Ambulance Service said it was responding.

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In March, a man drove a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge killing four before stabbing a police officer to death in the grounds of parliament.

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