Prime Minister’s car involved in shunt after protester ran into road

Kurdish demonstration

Boris Johnson's ministerial car was involved in a shunt after a protester blocked the road outside the Palace of Westminster.

The demonstrator, who had been protesting about Turkish action against Kurdish rebels, ran into the road outside the gates to Parliament as Mr Johnson left following Prime Minister's Questions.

This forced the lead vehicles in the convoy – a police motorbike and the Prime Minister's Jaguar – to stop, with a support vehicle running into the back of the luxury saloon carrying Mr Johnson.

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Damage to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's car after a man ran in front of it as he left the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. The man, who had been demonstrating about Turkey's operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, was detained by police officer and taken into the Palace of Westminster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leaving the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. A man, who had been demonstrating about Turkey's operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, was taken into the Palace of Westminster by officers after running in front of the Prime Minister's car. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
A protester from a pro-Kurdish demonstration is stopped and detained by police officers as he ran towards the car of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) as it was leaving with a police escort from the Houses of Parliament in London on June 17, 2020. - The protester ran into the road towards the Jaguar that normally carries the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and was stopped by police. As the Jaguar stopped it was subsequently struck from behind by the next vehicle in the convoy resulting in a large dent. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester from a pro-Kurdish demonstration is stopped and detained by police officers as he ran towards the car of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) as it was leaving with a police escort from the Houses of Parliament in London on June 17, 2020. - The protester ran into the road towards the Jaguar that normally carries the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and was stopped by police. As the Jaguar stopped it was subsequently struck from behind by the next vehicle in the convoy resulting in a large dent. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Police detain a man after he ran in front of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's car (in background with dent) as it left the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. The man, who had been demonstrating about Turkey's operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, was taken into the Palace of Westminster by officers.
Police detain a man after he ran in front of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's car as it left the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. The man, who had been demonstrating about Turkey's operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, was taken into the Palace of Westminster by officers.
A pro-Kurdish protester who ran into the road toward the car of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as it was leaving the Houses of Parliament in London on June 17, 2020 is led away by police officers. - The protester ran into the road towards the Jaguar that normally carries the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and was stopped by police. As the Jaguar stopped it was subsequently struck from behind by the next vehicle in the convoy resulting in a large dent. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Police detain a man (centre) after he ran in front of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's car as it left the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. The man, who had been demonstrating about Turkey's operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, was taken into the Palace of Westminster by officers. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A large dent in the car of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen after an incident where a protester runs into the road toward the convoy and the lead car stopped and was struck by the next car in the convoy leaving the Houses of Parliament in London on June 17, 2020. - The protester ran into the road towards the Jaguar that normally carries the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and was stopped by police. As the Jaguar stopped it was subsequently struck from behind by the next vehicle in the convoy resulting in a large dent. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Metropolitan Police said there were no reported injuries and a man had been arrested for offences under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and for obstructing the highway.

The vehicles drove off shortly afterwards in the direction of Downing Street, with a large dent visible on the rear of the Jaguar.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Two police vehicles were involved in a collision in Parliament Square.

"The police vehicles were part of a security movement.

"A pedestrian is reported to have stepped onto the road, causing the vehicles to suddenly stop, which has led to two of the vehicles in the convoy being involved in a damage-only collision.

"No injuries have been reported."

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