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Natural History Museum Crash, Which Left 11 People Injured, Leads To Police Appeal For Eyewitnesses

The incident is not terror-related, police said.

08/10/2017 10:46 BST | Updated 08/10/2017 11:15 BST

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car mounted the pavement and struck pedestrians outside London’s Natural History Museum on Saturday, leaving 11 people injured.

A large police presence descended on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, yesterday afternoon after a black Toyota Prius hit people outside the museum at about 2.20pm.

A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving after receiving treatment in hospital. Police said on Sunday the driver had been released under investigation.

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Police are appealing for information after a car crashed into pedestrians outside London's Natural History Museum on Saturday.

Police have confirmed that the incident is not terror-related.

Most people caught up in the crash were treated for leg and head injuries, the London Ambulance Service said.

The majority of those injured have now been discharged from hospital and there are no serious injuries, police said.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Roads and Transport Policing Command are appealing for information.

DC Darren Case said: “Because of where this collision occurred and the number of pedestrians involved, I fully appreciate the concern and alarm this incident caused.

“Enquiries have established that this incident is not terrorist related and I’d like to thank those who came to assist the injured.”

He said that temporary road closures have now been lifted, adding: “We are grateful for the patience of those in and around the area.”

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Police at the scene on Cromwell Gardens in London after a car crashed into pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton Traffic Garage on 020 8543 5157. 

The reactions of Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins to the incident yesterday led to accusations that the pair were being “grossly irresponsible” and scaremongering.

Despite police insisting the incident was being treated as a road traffic collision, former Ukip leader Farage told Fox News that officers were “clearly” treating it as a terrorist incident. 

Meanwhile, Hopkins tweeted a series of messages in the wake of the incident which appeared to suggest that it was a terror attack, telling tourists “right now, London is not worth the risk”. 

Farage later acknowledged that the incident was a traffic collision, but he refused to back down completely and Hopkins later deleted her tweets.