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 disintegrating outside parliament in Westminster, as Downing Street discovered authorities were working on hundreds of live counter-terrorism investigations.

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

The Guardian understands his name 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 cooperating with investigating men, 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 wasted 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 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 criticize at Westminster was carried out by an individual who is believed to have been living in my own constituency in Birmingham .”

Nottinghamshire police said they were supporting counter-terrorism patrolmen as they examined 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 inmates, is home to six Sudanese people. Ibrahim Ahmed, 24, who lives in the same terrace row, said:” It’s Sudanese people who live there .”

The Nottingham Post was pointed out that the car involved in the accidents was registered to an address in Nottingham. The current owned of the vehicle bought it on 20 June this year.

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Two men and one dame were injured in the gate-crash. One was treated at the background and two were taken to hospital and eventually discharged.

Theresa May said the threat level to the UK remained at severe, signify 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 schemes and four schemes by far-right fanatics had been foiled in the past 18 months.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, urged people to” continue an open thinker” about “whats happened”.” There are understandably a lot of questions about the incident … The instruct 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 operator did not shout or say anything as the car crashed with as numerous as 15 cyclists, and he appeared “focused”.

CCTV footage showed the car swerve across a center booking near Parliament Square and then accelerate down St Margaret Street before crashing into hurdles. Pedestrians were investigated leaping out of its path.

The incidents had echoes of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, which spurred the expansion of steel and concrete security barriers around the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood ploughed a gondola into audiences on the connection, killing four parties, before stabbing and killings an unarmed PC, Keith Palmer.

Another witness to Tuesday’s crash, Ewalina Ochab, said:” The vehicle drove at velocity and towards the barriers. I was walking on the other side[ of the road ]. I see some noise and someone screamed .”

She said the car did not appear to have a front registration plate.” I turned around and I ascertained a silver-tongued auto driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement. The being 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 length 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 policing in the UK, said:” Given that this appears to be a deliberate attack, the method and this being an iconic place, we are treating it as a gunman occurrence .”

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

She said:” The menace to the United Kingdom from terrorism remains severe. I would counsel the public to remain vigilant but too to come together and carry on as ordinary, just as they did after the nauseating assaults in Manchester and London last year. The twisted object of the fanaticals is to use violence and terror 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 fear arrests in United kingdom of great britain; 412 were moved in 2017. That is the highest since records began .”

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Security officials viewed 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 in different areas of the Palace of Westminster had worked effectively and significant numbers of police had been on the vistum immediately.

No schedules have been obligated for May to return from her stroll vacation in Italy. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is the most senior minister currently in the UK.

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

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

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