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Breaking news: Streets around Houses of Parliament in London including Cycle Superhighway in lockdown as police respond to major incident

Man with knife reportedly shot outside Parliament, several seriously injured as driver reportedly crashes into pedestrians

Streets around the Houses of Parliament in London, including a section of the East-West Cycle Superhighway, are in lockdown as police respond to a major incident at the Houses of Parliament which has left four people dead, including one police officer, and others seriously injured.

The Metropolitan Police have advised the public to keep away from the following areas due to the incident: Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.

Eyewitnesses have described how at around 2.40pm, a driver turned across the Cycle Superhighway on Bridge Street and crashed into people, apparently leaving several seriously injured, in what seems to have been an attempt to use the vehicle to force entry to the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.

The Telegraph reports that the driver was said to have wielded a knife as he ran towards police officers guarding the complex, who are reported to have opened fire on him.

The London air ambulance is in attendance as are a number of ambulance crews  and there is now a huge police presence including armed officers in the area.

If you commute along the East-West Cycle Superhighway, you will need to find an alternative route given the road closures between Embankment Tube and Parliament Square. Possible detours include heading up Northumberland Avenue towards the Mall, then turning onto Horseguards Parade and  then rejoining the route (or vice-versa, as the case may be).

With street closures also in force from Parliament Square to Lambeth Bridge, anyone who would normally travel west along Millbank will also have to find an alternative route.

More to follow.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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