Car ploughs into pedestrians outside London museum

Police at the scene of the incident in central London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)
Police at the scene of the incident in central London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)

London - London police say emergency services are outside the Natural History Museum in London after a car struck pedestrians. Police say a number of people have been injured and one person has been detained at the scene.

The crash happened at 14:20 on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians including international tourists.

Photographs showed a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum.

Police said on Saturday they are working to establish the circumstances and the cause.

The London Ambulance Service was responding to the incident.

Police said more details would be released later. There was no immediate statement on the number or severity of the injuries.

London's official terrorist threat level has been set at "severe", indicating an attack is highly likely.

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