Police car in moped chase overturns outside Buckingham Palace

A police car overturned near Buckingham Palace and a 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital while officers chased a moped suspected in a "series of offences".

Scotland Yard said one of its cars crashed in the early hours of Saturday with a moped and two people riding it.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences after being taken to hospital with leg injuries, the Metropolitan Police said.

A moped lying on its side near Buckingham Palace
A moped lying on its side near Buckingham Palace

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now investigating after the collision in Grosvenor Place, outside the palace's grounds.

A Met spokeswoman said officers spotted a moped at 4.30am at nearby Hyde Park Corner.

"The vehicle, rider and pillion passenger matched the description of a moped believed to have been involved in a series of offences," she said.

Shortly after being pursued by a police car, she said the moped collided with a second police car travelling in the opposite direction at the junction with Chapel Street.

A second person is being hunted after fleeing the scene, police added.

An IOPC spokesman said: "An independent investigation has been launched following a collision between a moped and a marked police car in Westminster, London, this morning.

"A 17-year old boy has suffered serious leg injuries and been taken to hospital. A police vehicle overturned during the incident but no police officers have sustained injuries."