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Natural History museum crash sparks call for heightened security to protect visitors and tourist from boss of the V&A

The director of the Victoria and Albert Museum today said action was needed to protect visitors outside the attraction after a car crash left 11 people injured and sparked fears of a terror attack. Tristram Hunt said the incident highlighted the confusing and dangerous situation on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, which is shared by both pedestrians and traffic. The former Labour MP, who took the helm at the V&A in February, told the Standard: The safety and security of our visitors, staff and volunteers is paramount, and the current arrangements are confusing, dangerous and unsatisfactory.

Saturday s incident has made it clear that we need a solution, and we will be working together with our neighbouring organisations, residents and the council to address this.

Empty tables in a restaurant near the Natural History Museum in South Kensington (EPA)

Armed police swarmed Exhibition Road after a black Toyota Prius mounted the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians outside the museum at about 2.20pm on Saturday. The driver of the car, reported to be a minicab, was pinned down by passers-by before being arrested . Scotland Yard has since confirmed it is treating the crash as a road traffic collision and not terror-related.

Police and ambulance vehicles inside a police cordon after a serious incident in South Kensington (Darryl Hannah)

Nine people were taken to hospital mostly with minor leg and head injuries, London Ambulance Service said. Some 11 million people a year use Exhibition Road, which also runs past cultural attractions including the Science Museum and the Natural History museum.

A 30 million scheme to transform the boulevard into a kerb-free shared space was completed in 2012 after three years of construction work. Despite winning plaudits from architecture critics, the scheme has faced criticism from safety campaigners who believe the layout is dangerous for pedestrians.

Incident: Police outside the Natural History Museum in South Kensington (@damohack)

A 2015 report commissioned by former Paralympic swimmer Lord Holmes of Richmond, who is blind, described such shared spaces as frightening and intimidating . In June Mr Hunt revealed his desire to ban cars completely from Exhibition Road in an attempt to pedestrianise Albertopolis , a 19th century nickname for the area inspired by Queen Victoria s husband Prince Albert.

Mr Hunt today said everything should be on the table to make the area safer, including banning traffic entirely or limiting access to certain times of the day. He added: We believe that reviving the original vision for Albertopolis as an open, civic space and shared cultural quarter will greatly improve the experience for all visitors to one of the world s great cultural destinations.

Most people agree the current template isn t working . We ve been in contact with the borough . They understand it s an issue.

We think the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea should work with us, the museums and the community to find a way forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton Traffic Garage on 020 8543 5157, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 47-year-old man was released yesterday under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Security alert at Buckingham Palace after woman tries to climb front gates of Queen’s central London home

A woman has been arrested after officers caught her trying to climb the front gates of London’s Buckingham Palace, Scotland Yard have confirmed. Police arrested the woman on suspicion of trespassing, and they say the incident is not being treated as terrorism related. Images from the scene show a woman being pulled down from the railings by police, as people capture the dramatic moment on their phones.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “At 17.40hrs on Saturday, 7 October officers in the area of Buckingham Palace observed a woman climbing the front gates of the palace.

“The woman, believed to be in in her 30s was quickly detained by officers before she gained access to the palace grounds.

“She was arrested on suspicion of trespass under Section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, trespass on a designated site and is currently in custody at a central London police station.

“The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.”

Buckingham Palace (file photo)

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Security alert at Buckingham Palace after woman tries to climb front …

A woman has been arrested after officers caught her trying to climb the front gates of London’s Buckingham Palace1, Scotland Yard have confirmed.

Police 2arrested the woman on suspicion of trespassing, and they say the incident is not being treated as terrorism related. Images from the scene appear to show a woman being pulled down from the railings by police, as people capture the incident on their phones. Video footage posted online captures the dramatic moment cops bring her back down, put her arms behind her back and appear to handcuff her.

Officers caught a woman trying to climb the gates of Buckingham Palace

The woman is heard screaming “Queen of the country” as she is led to a police car. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “At 17.40hrs on Saturday, 7 October officers in the area of Buckingham Palace observed a woman climbing the front gates of the palace.

“The woman, believed to be in in her 30s was quickly detained by officers before she gained access to the palace grounds.

“She was arrested on suspicion of trespass under Section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, trespass on a designated site and is currently in custody at a central London police station.

“The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.”

Buckingham Palace (file photo)

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