Man arrested after car collides with gate at home of UK prime minister

The driver was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving.
Police at the scene after a car collided with the gates of Downing Street in London.
Posted at 12:32 PM, May 25, 2023

A car collided Thursday with the gates of Downing Street in central London, where the British prime minister's home and offices are located.

It's unclear whether Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was at home at the time, but the incident set off a rapid security response in one of London's most-fortified sites.

The Metropolitan Police force said a man was arrested Thursday afternoon at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving. There were no reports of injuries.

Video footage posted on social media showed a white car heading straight for the gates at low speed across Whitehall, the main thoroughfare in London's government district. Footage shot soon after showed a car with its trunk open up against the tall metal gates.

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It was not immediately clear whether the crash was deliberate. Police said they were working to establish the circumstances.

Officers cordoned off Whitehall after the crash but later lifted some of the barriers.

Public access to the street is restricted and the gates are protected at all times by armed police officers.