The Mayor of London has released a statement after a car allegedly ploughed into pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum.

Emergency services were called to Exhibition Road around 2.20pm on Saturday (October 7) following reports of "several" injuries due to a collision in the busy street.

According to Metropolitan Police, a man is now under arrest and in custody at a north London police station.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan published a statement on his Twitter account.

At around 5pm, he tweeted: "A number of people have been injured in an incident involving a car in Exhibition Road, South Kensingston.

"A man has been detained by police.

"Details are still emerging and I have spoken with and am in close contact with Assistant Met Commissioner Mark Rowley and our other emergency services.

"Police have asked people to avoid the area while their inquiries continue."

Footage and images showing pedestrians running from the scene and a smashed up black car have been released.

According to The Mirror, eyewitnesses have described seeing a car which "drove into people".

A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 1421 on Saturday, 7 October to reports of a collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

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

"Officers are on scene, and the London Ambulance Service have been called.

"A man has been detained at the scene.

"Enquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are underway."

Cromwell Road was closed in both directions and Tube services are now running smoothly.

Natural History Museum incident: Emergency services presence in Exhibition Road amid reports of collision

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