Boris Johnson in crash outside parliament after protester runs in front of convoy

17 June 2020, 14:52

By Megan White

Boris Johnson has been involved in a minor accident after a protester jumped in front of his convoy as it left the gates of Parliament.

The protester was in the road outside the Palace of Westminster as Mr Johnson's convoy left following Prime Minister's Questions.

The Prime Minister was not injured during the incident, in which his Jaguar was forced to stop, with an escorting Range Rover running into the back of it.

A man, who was thought to have been demonstrating about Turkey's operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, was arrested for offences under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and for obstructing the highway.

The Prime Minister's car was rear ended by another vehicle in the convoy
The Prime Minister's car was rear ended by another vehicle in the convoy. Picture: PA

A Number 10 spokesman confirmed the car was Mr Johnson's, adding: "I think the video speaks for itself as to what happened. No reports of anybody being injured."

The spokesman said Mr Johnson was travelling in the car at the time.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "At approximately 14:30hrs today, 17 June, two police vehicles were involved in a collision in Parliament Square.

A protester was detained after the incident
A protester was detained after the incident. Picture: PA

"The police vehicles were part of a security movement. A pedestrian is reported to have stepped onto the road, causing the vehicles to suddenly stop, which has led to two of the vehicles in the convoy being involved in a damage-only collision.

"No injuries have been reported.

"A man, no further details at this time, was arrested at the scene for offences under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and for obstructing the highway.

"All vehicles were able to drive from the scene."

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