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

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

The suspect, a 29 -year-old British national, was arrested at the incident after armed police officers swooped on a silver-tongued Ford Fiesta that had gate-crashed into security hurdles on St Margaret Street at about 7.40 am on Tuesday.

The Guardian understands his mention is Salih Khater, who live 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 is working with analyse policemen, but owing to the crash appearing to be deliberate and the location it was being treated as a suspected 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 propelling to Westminster and Whitehall at about 6am where it remained before such incidents an hour and 40 minutes earlier, police said.

Two residences in Birmingham and one in Nottingham were scoured on Tuesday. Roger Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said:” Today’s assault at Westminster was be put into practice by an individual who is believed to have been living in my own constituency in Birmingham .”

Nottinghamshire police said they were supporting counter-terrorism police as they scoured a residential property 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 dwellers, is host 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 such incidents was registered to an address in Nottingham. The current proprietor of the vehicle bought it on 20 June this year.

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Two men as well as one female were injured in the gate-crash. One was treated at the incident and two were taken to hospital and eventually discharged.

Theresa May said the threat level to the UK remained at severe, mean 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 fanaticals had been foiled in the past 18 months.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, urged people to” remain an open thinker” about what had happened.” There are understandably a lot of questions about the incident … The brief 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 recover the silver Ford Fiesta. Photograph: Yui Mok/ PA

Kirsty Moseley, 31, one of the closest evidences to the attack, told the Guardian the motorist did not shout or say anything as the car crashed with as many as 15 cyclists, and he seemed “focused”.

CCTV footage indicated the car swerve across a center booking near Parliament Square and then accelerate down St Margaret Street before disintegrating into barriers. Pedestrians were received leaping out of its path.

The vistums had repetitions of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, which stimulated the expansion of sword and concrete security obstructions around the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood ploughed a vehicle into mobs on the connection, killing four beings, before stabbing and killing an unarmed PC, Keith Palmer.

Another witness to Tuesday’s crash, Ewalina Ochab, said:” The auto drove at rapidity and towards the barriers. I was moving on the other side[ of the road ]. I hear some interference and someone screamed .”

She said the car did not appear to have a front registration plate.” I turned around and I ensure a silver-tongued car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the sidewalk. The being driving did not go out of private vehicles .”

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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 day before reopening.

Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, the head of counter-terrorism policing in the UK, said:” Given that this appears to be a deliberate attack, the method and this being an iconic locate, we are treating it as a terrorist incident .”

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

She said:” The menace to the United Kingdom from terrorism remains severe. I would advise the public to remain vigilant but also to come together and carry on as normal, just as they did after the nauseating onslaughts in Manchester and London last year. The twisted objective of the fanatics is to use violence and terror to divide us. They will never supersede .”

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 horror arrests in Great Britain; 412 were cleared in 2017. That is the highest since records began .”

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Security officials maintained a Cobra meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the deputy national insurance adviser, 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 all over the Palace of Westminster had worked effectively and significant numbers of police had been participating in the incident immediately.

No proposes ought to have attained for May to return from her wander holiday in Italy. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is the most senior minister currently in the UK.

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

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

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