Suspect believed to be Salih Khater, 29, who is of Sudanese beginning and from Birmingham

A man has been held on distrust of terrorism offences after a car was driven into pedestrians and cyclists before gate-crashing outside parliament in Westminster, as Downing Street disclosed experts were working on hundreds of live counter-terrorism investigations.

The suspect, a 29 -year-old British national, was apprehended at the scene after armed police officers swooped on a silver-tongued Ford Fiesta that had crashed into defence impediments on St Margaret Street at about 7.40 am working on Tuesday.

The Guardian understands his figure is Salih Khater, who lives in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham and is of Sudanese origin.

Scotland Yard said the man was not known to the security services and was not cooperating with investigating policemen, but owing to the clang appearing to be deliberate and the location it was being treated as a supposed terrorist attack.

The car travelled to London from Birmingham on Monday night and spent the time between around 1.25 am and 5.55 am in the Soho area, before moving to Westminster and Whitehall at about 6am where it remained before the incident an hour and 40 minutes later, police said.

Two address in Birmingham and one in Nottingham were researched on Tuesday. Roger Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said:” Today’s attack at Westminster was carried out by an individual who is believed to have been living in my constituency in Birmingham .”

Nottinghamshire police indicated that they are supporting counter-terrorism men as they researched a residential owned in the Radford area of the city. The address is thought to be a flat on Peveril Street.

Neighbours told the Press Association that the house, said that he shared inhabitants, is home to six Sudanese beings. Ibrahim Ahmed, 24, who live in the same terrace row, said:” It’s Sudanese people who live there .”

The Nottingham Post reported that the car involved in the incident was registered to an address in Nottingham. The current proprietor of motor vehicles bought it on 20 June this year.

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Two men and one dame were injured in the clang. One was treated at the background and two were sent to hospital and eventually discharged.

Theresa May said the threat level to the UK remained at severe, symbolizing an attack was considered highly likely. The prime minister’s spokesman said the security services and counter-terrorism police were carrying out 676 live investigations at the end of June, up from more than 500 in March.

He said 13 Islamist plots and four planneds by far-right extremists had been foiled in the past 18 months.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, urged people to” stop an open subconsciou” about what had happened.” There are understandably a lot of questions about the incident … The briefing I have received from counter-terrorism police and the security services is that work is ongoing and they are doing everything they can to find out more ,” he said.

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Police healed the silver Ford Fiesta. Photo: Yui Mok/ PA

Kirsty Moseley, 31, one of the closest eyewitness to the attack, told the Guardian the driver did not scream or say something as the car collided with as many as 15 cyclists, and he sounded “focused”.

CCTV footage demo the car swerving across a center booking near Parliament Square and then intensify down St Margaret Street before crashing into impediments. Pedestrian were realized leaping out of its path.

The vistums had echoes of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, which spurred the increase of sword and concrete protection barriers around the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood ploughed a car into gang on the connection, killing four beings, before jabbing and killing an unarmed PC, Keith Palmer.

Another witness to Tuesday’s crash, Ewalina Ochab, said:” The gondola drove at hasten and towards the barriers. I was going on the other side[ of the road ]. I heard some noise and someone bellowed .”

She said the car did not appear to have a front license plate.” I turned around and I discovered a silver automobile driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the sidewalk. The party driving did not go out of the vehicle .”

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Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens were cordoned off and the duration of Whitehall was closed to traffic after the incident. Westminster tube station was closed for a meter before reopening.

Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, the head of counter-terrorism patrolling in the UK, said:” Given that this appears to be a deliberate onrush, the method and this being an iconic area, the administration is plowing it as a terrorist happen .”

May, who is on holiday in Italy, was informed of the incident at 8am and was given regular updates by officials. In a statement released by Downing Street, she praised the” formidable fortitude” and professionalism of the emergency services who” flowed towards a dangerous situation in order to protect the public “.

She said:” The threat to the United kingdom government from terrorism remains severe. I would counsel the public to remain vigilant but likewise to come together and carry on as ordinary, just as they did after the nauseating assaults in Manchester and London last year. The distorted aim of the radicals is to use violence and terror to divide us. They will never succeed .”

May’s spokesman said the current terror threat was ” one of the starkest that we’ve faced. The sort of the terrorist threat is changing, and so must our response. Between 2010 and 2017 there were 2,029 terror apprehends in Great britain; 412 were built in 2017. That is the highest since enters began .”

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Security officials supported a Cobra meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the deputy national insurance consultant, Madeleine Alessandri, and have participated in Basu and representatives from the mayor of London’s office.

Downing Street said it was clear the security measures currently in place all over the Palace of Westminster had worked effectively and significant numbers of police had been on the background immediately.

No proposals ought to have established for May to return from her march holiday in Italy. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is the most senior rector currently in the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said:” My speculations are with those hurt and injured outside parliament this morning in what is being treated as a terrorist incident. Our thanks go to our emergency services who responded immediately. Their fearlessnes preserves us safe daytime in, daytime out .”

The US president, Donald Trump, tweeted:” Another terrorist attack in London … These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and forte !”