On Thursday afternoon, in London, a man was apprehended after his vehicle collided with the gates outside Downing Street, the official residence and workplace of the British Prime Minister.
This incident took place merely two days after a comparable crash unfolded in front of the White House.
Downing Street has been secured by gates since 1989, serving as a deterrent against potential threats from the Irish Republican Army. The street remains inaccessible to the general public, with armed officers stationed on guard duty around the clock.
Prompted by the incident, security personnel swiftly responded by implementing a cordon around Whitehall Street, the main road that leads to Downing Street, and taking the driver of the vehicle into custody.
“At around 16:20hrs a car collided with the gates of Downing Street on Whitehall,” the Metropolitan Police Force’s Westminster division 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.”
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Authorities have not disclosed whether Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was present in his office at the time of the incident, according to the police.
Several witnesses managed to capture the collision on video and shared it on social media platforms. The footage depicted a white car gradually heading towards the gates along Whitehall Street. Another clip displayed the car coming to a rest against the sturdy metal gates, with its trunk slightly open.
In a separate event on Monday, the individual who drove into the gates of the White House was in possession of Nazi flags and was driving a U-Haul. London law enforcement is currently investigating the Downing Street crash to determine its intentionality and the precise circumstances surrounding it.