London police said on Saturday that a man arrested after a car collision into the gates of Downing Street, the site of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office, has been separately charged with making indecent images of children.
43-year-old Seth Kneller, of Crewe, appeared in court today in relation to the images and was remanded in custody, police said in a statement.
Armed police officers detained Kneller after he crashed his vehicle into security gates at Downing Street on Thursday, leaving onlookers fearful that the incident was an attempted terrorist attack.
Footage of the incident shows a silver Kia slowing down as it approaches the main entrance to Downing Street. However, the vehicle then proceeded to crash into the main gates, being filmed by a BBC cameraman as crossed two lanes from the southbound side of Whitehall and headed in the direction of Downing Street.
The entrance to the street is staffed around the clock by armed and unarmed police officers but is accessible by road via Whitehall.
Witness Simon Parry, 44, said he heard a “bang” and that, “a lot of police vehicles came very quickly and were very quick to evacuate the area.”
Witnesses reported seeing armed officers pointing tasers at Kneller whilst he was detained on the ground.
Number 10 have confirmed that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was in Downing Street at the time of the incident, but that no-one was injured.
The vehicle was searched and a mobile phone taken away as evidence. Sniffer dogs were also brought in to inspect the car, but no drugs or explosives have been reported.
Police today, however, said Kneller had been released pending further investigation into the Downing Street incident, but was then remanded in custody over a charge relating to the discovery of indecent images of children.
The Met said: “Armed officers, who were in attendance, arrested a 43-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving.
“He was taken into custody and has since been released under investigation in relation to this matter.
“He was charged with an unrelated matter of making indecent images of children and will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 27 May.”
Kneller will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on June 23.