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A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed outside Westminster this morning.

The Met's Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation after a Ford Fiesta crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard said.

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The Met Police confirmed one man has been arrested following the incident at around 7:37am.

One man received treatment at the scene and two people were taken to hospital following the incident.

A man has been discharged but a woman is still receiving treatment for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Fiesta, who was alone in the vehicle, was arrested at the scene by armed officers who were already nearby.

The man, who is in his late 20s, was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences and has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

"Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command," Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.

"Officers are searching the vehicle and no other weapons have been found at this time.

"At this early stage of the investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police. There is no intelligence of further danger to Londoners or the rest of the UK in connection with this incident."

Our priority is to formally identify the suspect and establish his motivations if we can. He is not currently co-operating."

Eyewitness Ewalina Ochab told the BBC: "I think it looked intentional - the car drove at speed and towards the barriers."

She said: "I was walking on the other side of the road. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement."

Local businessman Jason Williams said he had seen a man drive a car into a bollard outside the Houses of Parliament.

"He had driven it at speed - more than 40 mph. There was smoke coming out of the car," he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"I have seen people on the ground, lying on the road. I don't know if they have actually been hit by the vehicle or not. I saw at least 10 people lying down.

"I was told basically to move away, to run. I have run for my life."

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