Saturday, October 7

Two bearded London police facing the camera look like Special Forces types, don't they

I can't see the lettering on their caps, even in the bigger photo posted at the Daily Mail, but the men don't look like the typical London bobbies to me. And I note the caps, as distinct from the hat worn by the bearded person in profile to the camera.  

The photo caption reads:
"Shopkeepers in the immediate area were told to evacuate and police established a large security cordon around the area minutes after the incident."

The photo is one of several in the Mail's report:

Taxi driver 'deliberately mows down pedestrians' after mounting the pavement outside London's Natural History Museum before being pinned to the ground and arrested in front of stunned tourists
  • Man arrested in the heart of capital's museum land after several pedestrians were mowed down by a vehicle
  • He was pinned to the ground by security guards and arrested as hundreds of terrified tourists fled the scene
  • The black Toyota Prius - a registered minicab - careered into a sign before crashing into a crowd
  • Witness told MailOnline: 'A black Toyota went ploughing straight towards us. I thought it had lost control'

By Scott Campbell and Charlie Moore and Rory Tingle and Stewart Paterson and Sophie Inge For Mailonline

PUBLISHED: 09:47 EDT, 7 October 2017
UPDATED: 12:08 EDT, 7 October 2017
Several people have been injured after a car mounted the pavement and mowed down pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum in London this afternoon.

A man was pinned down by security guards and arrested by police in the heart of the capital's museum land in Kensington.

Hundreds of terrified tourists fled the scene as the black Toyota Prius - a registered minicab - careered into a sign before ultimately crashing into a crowd of as many as 10 people as it hit a silver car, according to witnesses.

Dramatic pictures show guards holding down a man covered in blood with rubble strewn across the road. Dozens of armed officers converged on the scene as search dogs patrolled the area.

Nearby museums including the Science Museum were evacuated with Tube stations sealed off by police.

The injured were seen sitting on steps being bandaged up before they were wheeled away by paramedics.

Scotland Yard said they are keeping an open mind as to whether the incident is terror-related. [Pundita eye roll] A spokesman said a 'number' of people had been injured in the horror crash.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he is in 'close contact' with Assistant Met Commissioner Mark Rowley - the head of UK counter-terrorism policing.

Today's incident follows a series of vehicle attacks across Europe which have left well over 100 people dead in Britain, France, Germany and Stockholm.


Lots more in the report. One witness "... said she was coming out of the museum when she saw a man in handcuffs pinned down by police near a damaged car. 'He looked really proud of himself,' she said. 'He was laughing.' "


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