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Whitehall in lockdown after car crashes into Downing Street gates

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Whitehall has been closed by the Metropolitan Police after a car crashed into the Downing Street gates.

Armed police were called to Whitehall this afternoon and say a man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving.

The incident happened at around 4.20pm.

The Met has also confirmed there have been no reported injuries.

The full statement from the force reads: ‘At around 4.20pm a car collided with the gates of Downing Street on Whitehall.

‘Armed officers arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving.

‘There are no reports of any injuries. Inquiries are ongoing.’

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There are cordons around Whitehall with police officers blocking access to the street from outside the Ministry of Defence.

The incident comes as many civil servants are leaving their offices for the day in the area.

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