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Man arrested after car hits pedestrians in London

Police on Saturday arrested a man in London’s museum quarter after a car hit a number of pedestrians on Exhibition Road, in an incident whose motive the police said they were still investigating. 

The collision, which the police said had left a number of pedestrians injured, comes only months after three attacks in London in which vehicles were deliberately been driven on to pavements by attackers, The Financial Times reported. 

However, the area where Saturday’s incident occurred is also notable as an experiment in shared space, with no clear demarcation between the pavement and road, making a chance collision between a vehicle and pedestrians more likely than elsewhere. 

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said they had been called at 2.21pm to a report of a collision on Exhibition Road, south Kensington. 

The area concerned is between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, one of London’s busiest tourist areas. Video posted on social media showed a black Toyota Prius in the pedestrian area outside the Victoria and Albert Museum with a Vauxhall Astra, which it appeared to have struck. 

Ambulance staff were tending a man on the ground. The collision happened at the busy junction between Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road. The police said it was believed a number of pedestrians had been injured.

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