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'Suspicious' car 'collides with two pedestrians' in London

Police today arrested a driver after a car mounted the pavement and hit a pensioner and a 'cyclist' in an upmarket area of London.

Officers were called to reports of an incident in Sloane Square in the west of the capital at lunchtime after a car allegedly slammed into Bill McGhee, 69, and a 'man in his 30s'.

A man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences, police say.

One witness said the vehicle allegedly involved in the incident was found in nearby Exhibition Road, though the Metropolitan Police have tonight refused to give any further details.

The two victims were taken to hospital but have since been discharged following the incident near the Saatchi Gallery and Harrods. 

Police were today searching a 'suspicious' car and arrested a driver after it 'collided with two pedestrians' in an upmarket area of London

Officers were called to Sloane Square in the west of the capital on Wednesday lunchtime following reports of an incident

Mr McGhee was allegedly hit along with another man in his thirties, thought to be a cyclist, according to Mr McGhee's son Charles Birch.

Mr Birch, 30, said: 'My dad was going to meet a friend for a coffee when he was hit. When I got to the scene my dad was already in an ambulance.

'He said he had pain in his chest and down his back. I asked him what happened and he responded: ''a car hit me and lots of people. He was going very fast''. 

'I asked him how fast and he said: ''fast enough for me to go over the car bonnet''.'

After speaking to his father, he looked into the second ambulance at the scene and saw another victim.

He added: 'He was male, in his thirties and looked like a cyclist because he had a helmet next to him.

'Blood was pouring from his face and he was unconscious. He looked like he was in a really bad way.'

Mr Birch said he was 'very angry' about what had happened and 'wanted answers,' adding: 'What is happening in this country? The big concern is we are not in control of anything at the moment.'

 A man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences but no further details have been released

The two victims were taken to hospital but they have since been discharged, police confirmed

According to Mr Birch, the car was found abandoned on Exhibition Road, less than five minutes drive away, in Kensington, central London.

Police have refused to confirm where the vehicle was located, but reports in The Sun suggest offices around where the car was discovered were evacuated 'as a precaution' while police investigated.

Scotland Yard said: 'Police are on scene in Sloane Square, SW1 where they are dealing with a vehicle which has collided with two people.

'We await a condition update. The car was found abandoned.

'Cordons were put in place and buildings in the surrounding area were evacuated as a precaution while officers searched the vehicle.

'A man was subsequently arrested arrested for driving offences. Further details await. Enquiries continue.'

Police officers line the street in Sloane Square after the incident on Wednesday afternoon

Scotland Yard said: 'Police are on scene in Sloane Square, SW1 where they are dealing with a vehicle which has collided with two people'

It later confirmed the incident was not being treated as terror related. 

London Ambulance Service added: 'We were called at 12:08pm today (3 June) to reports of a road traffic collision involving pedestrians on Sloane Square, Kensington.

'We dispatched two ambulance crews and a medic in a car, with the first of our crews arriving in under four minutes.

'We treated two men at the scene and took them both to hospital.'

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