Westminster terror attack probe: Suspect drove around central London for hours before Parliament crash, police reveal

Police have revealed the movements of a car driven by a suspected terrorist who mowed down pedestrians and cyclists outside Parliament.

Three people were injured when a silver Ford Fiesta veered across a busy road shortly after 7.30am on Tuesday before crashing into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament  - writes standard.co.uk

Scotland Yard has revealed the vehicle, which has the registration number FL10 CWZ and is privately owned, was driven from Birmingham to London late on Monday night.

The suspect, a 29-year-old man, arrived in the London area just after midnight.

The vehicle was in the Tottenham Court Road area from about 1.25am until 5.55am.

It was then driven around the Westminster and Whitehall area from around 6am and stayed in this area until the time of the incident.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and have now both been discharged, police said. Another man was also treated at the scene.

Kirsty Moseley, of Brixton, south London, was a passenger in the first car behind the "wall" of up to 12 cyclists hit at what she estimated was 25mph.

"He went straight through them. People were thrown everywhere," the 31-year-old said.

"(He had) two hands on the steering wheel and he did not look back over his shoulder to look at the damage he'd created - he was just looking deadpan straight in front of him," she added.

Geoffrey Woodman, from Battersea, south-west London, had stopped at the traffic lights by Parliament Square on his cycle to work when the car swerved into cyclists and towards the security barriers.

"I was getting off the bike and put my foot down, then there was a sound like tyres screeching," he said.

"This car turned round to the left and swerved into the wrong lane of traffic and into the bank where all the cyclists wait."

On Tuesday evening, counter terrorism officers are also carrying out searches at three addresses in the Midlands as part of an ongoing investigation.

These include two addresses in Birmingham and an address in Nottingham.

The driver of the car, who is a UK national, was arrested at the scene by armed officers on suspicion of preparation of a terrorist act.

He was taken to a south London police station where he currently remains in police custody.

There have been no other arrests in connection with the investigation.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: “Given that it appears to have been a deliberate act, the method used and the iconic location, it is being treated as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

“At this early stage, there is no intelligence of further danger to Londoners or the rest of the UK in connection with this incident.”

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen the vehicle or the driver either in the Tottenham Court Road area in the early hours of this morning (14 August), or in the Westminster area from 6am today, to contact them on 0800 789 321.

Anyone with footage or images of the incident are also asked to send these to the investigation team via our website www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

As always, the public should remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious or something that causes concern, then dial 999 immediately.

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