Downing Street crash suspect charged with making indecent images of children

A man arrested after a car ploughed into security gates outside 10 Downing Street has been charged with allegedly making indecent images of children.

The 43-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving on Thursday, but later charged with an unrelated matter of making indecent images of children.

He has since been released under investigation in relation to this matter.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Central West Command Unit are currently gathering and examining all evidence to establish the circumstances that led to this incident.

While the incident is not believed at this stage to have been terror-related, the investigation is being supported by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command.

A video of the incident obtained by the BBC shows the car driving into the gates comparatively slowly, coming almost to a halt before it struck the gate, but people nearby still fled in panic.

Eyewitness Simon Parry, 44, told the Daily Mail: "I heard a bang and looked up, and saw loads of police with taser guns shouting at the man.

"A lot of police vehicles came very quickly and were very quick to evacuate the area."

The gates were not breached by the impact of the car driving into them, and there is a secondary set of bollards that "would stop a tank" in place beyond that first barrier.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

The suspect appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, May 27. He has been remanded in custody to next appear at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, June 23.

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