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

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

The suspect, a 29 -year-old British national, was apprehended at the background after armed police officers swooped on a silver Ford Fiesta that had crashed into security roadblocks on St Margaret Street at about 7.40 am 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 analyse officers, but owing to the disintegrate appearing to be deliberate and the location it was being treated as a believed terrorist attack.

The car travelled to London from Birmingham on Monday night and invested 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 accident an hour and 40 minutes later, police said.

Two residences in Birmingham and one in Nottingham were examined 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 reinforcing counter-terrorism patrolmen as they searched a residential dimension 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, shared by inhabitants, is residence to six Sudanese beings. Ibrahim Ahmed, 24, who lives 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 the vehicle bought it on 20 June this year.

Map

Two men and one wife were injured in the gate-crash. 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, representing 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 schemes by far-right fanatics had been foiled in the past 18 months.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, urged the public to” obstruct an open knowledge” about what had happened.” There are understandably a lot of issues concerning the accident … 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.

Police
Police regained the silver-tongued Ford Fiesta. Photo: Yui Mok/ PA

Kirsty Moseley, 31, one of a very close witnesses to the attack, told the Guardian the move did not wail or say anything as the car crashed with as numerous as 15 cyclists, and he showed “focused”.

CCTV footage proved the car swerve across a center reservation near Parliament Square and then intensify down St Margaret Street before disintegrating into barriers. Pedestrians were learnt leaping out of its path.

The stages had resembles of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, which caused the extension of sword and specific insurance railings around the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood ploughed a automobile into mob 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 auto drove at rate and towards the barriers. I was marching on the other side[ of the road ]. I heard some noise and someone hollered .”

She said the car did not appear to have a front registration plate.” I turned around and I appreciated a silver-tongued auto driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement. The person driving did not go out of the vehicle .”

Play Video
1:15

Houses of Parliament: armed police swoop on crashed vehicle- video

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

Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, the is chairman of counter-terrorism patrolling in the UK, said:” Given that this appears to be a deliberate attempt, the methodology used and this being an iconic area, we are treating it as a terrorist occurrence .”

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 fearlessnes” and professionalism of the emergency services who” ranged towards a dangerous place in order to protect the public “.

She said:” The menace to the United kingdom government from terrorism remains severe. I would counsel the public to remain vigilant but too to come together and carry on as normal, just as they did after the sickening onrushes in Manchester and London last year. The twisted target of the radicals is to use violence and terrorism to divide us. They will never attain .”

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 fright seizures in Great Britain; 412 were stirred in 2017. That is the highest since evidences began .”

Play Video
0:21

Westminster auto crash: handcuff soldier taken away by police- video

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

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

No plans have been constructed for May to return from her move holiday in Italy. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is the most senior pastor currently in the UK.

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

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