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Metropolitan Police say London Natural History Museum incident is not terror-related

08 October 2017

British police have ruled out terrorism after detaining a man whose auto struck a crowd of pedestrians in London on Saturday, leaving almost a dozen people injured.

British media reported a vehicle had mounted the sidewalk outside the tourist attraction, one of several large museums in that area of South Kensington, west London, and police said a man had been detained at the scene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'Whilst inquiries continue it is believed a vehicle mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians. She said police on the scene confirmed most injuries were not life-threatening.

"The man detained by officers is now under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station".

One man has been detained in the crash.

Dieon Rurora said people were running down the street to get away and some fell over.

The incident comes just months after an attack on London Bridge where a auto slammed into pedestrians left 11 people dead including the attackers. The area was cordoned off by heavily armed police, according to video posted on social media.

BBC reporter Chloe Hayward said she was leaving the museum as the incident happened.

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London Ambulance Services said 11 people who sustained head and leg injuries were treated after the incident, with nine of them being hospitalized.

Authorities determined that the incident was a "road-traffic collision" after four hours of investigation.

British emergency services raced to London's Natural History Museum after a auto struck pedestrians Saturday outside the building.

It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured.

Nearby museums including the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum were evacuated with Tube stations sealed off by police. Helicopters buzzed overhead as ambulances rushed to the scene.

British Prime Minister Theresa May thanked the first responders and the public for their help and said her thoughts were with the injured.

The paramedics are on the spot and have been giving medical treatment to the injured people.

Metropolitan Police say London Natural History Museum incident is not terror-related