Man held for attempted murder after ramming Ukraine embassy vehicle in London

Saul Bowman
April 15, 2019

Describing the events of Saturday morning, the Ukrainian embassy said that after seeing the ambassador's auto being targeted, police "blocked up" the other vehicle.

Embassy staff called police when the ambassador's auto, which was parked outside with nobody in it, was deliberately rammed.

A man, who attacked the official vehicle of the ambassador of Ukraine in Great Britain Natalia Halibarenko, was taken into custody in London.

"The police were called immediately, and the suspect's vehicle was blocked up", it added.

The 40-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of officers after the ambassador's auto was "deliberately rammed" on Saturday.

'In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle. The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed they were called to reports of a vehicle hitting a number of parked cars near the Ukrainian embassy.

Firearms officers swooped and the vehicle was then driven at police.

According to the report, the man has been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution measure, but he was not injured.

"On arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers", they added in a statement. No one was injured, it said. It added that British police were investigating the suspect's identity and a possible motive.

Emergency responders are seen on Holland Park Road in London, Britain April 13, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media.

A silver auto outside the embassy was the subject of a forensic officer's investigation on Saturday afternoon.

The black vehicle was heavily scuffed on its right-hand side.

Officers have remained at the scene during the day, with a silver Mercedes auto pictured parked across a street with its boot open and damage to the driver-side front window.

Police said a "standard procedure" investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during the incident.

The Met said the Directorate of Professional Standards had been informed.

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