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Car crashes into gates of Downing Street, where UK Prime Minister lives

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A man has been arrested in London after his car crashed into the main gates leading to Downing Street, where UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak lives and works.

In video broadcast by the BBC, a silver hatchback can be seen driving directly at the wrought-iron gates which prevent public access to Downing Street.

Armed officers arrested a man at the scene around 4.20pm on Thursday (1.20am Friday AEST) "on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving", Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

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Car crashes into main gates of Downing Street

He has been taken into custody and inquiries are ongoing.

There are no immediate reports of any injuries.

UK's Met Police have cordoned off Whitehall – the main road running past Downing St and where other politicians are based – in the aftermath of the incident.

Although, that cordon was reportedly significantly reduced an hour after the crash took place.

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