Good evening. Number 10 was closed off after a car drove into the Downing Street gates. We have the latest news from Westminster as a man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving.
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Downing Street | Number 10 was closed off after a car drove into the Downing Street gates.
Armed officers arrested a man on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving after a car collided with the Downing Street gates, the Metropolitan Police said.
Downing Street staff were told they could not leave as police officers attempted to secure the scene. The Telegraph understands that counter-terrorism police are not involved in the investigation at this stage.
Follow the latest developments here.
UK net migration hits record high despite Tory pledges
Data released this morning by the Office for National Statistics showed a net migration of 606,000 for last year, which is almost three times the pre-Brexit average.
The figure surpasses the government’s 2019 pledge to reduce total net migration from the then-current level of 245,000.
Charles Hymas And Ben Butcher detail what fueled the rise.
Rishi Sunak denies that net migration is out of control
Despite the figure, the prime minister denied that net migration was spiraling out of control. He said the numbers were “just too high” and that he remained committed to bringing them down.
However, Nigel Farage said net migration reaching a new record represented a “total breach of trust” between voters and the government.
Camilla Tominey writes that immigration is a numbers game that Rishi Sunak cannot afford to miss.
Chelsea Flower Show visitor hoses down Just Stop Oil activists
A visitor to the Chelsea Flower Show washed down three Just Stop Oil protesters after orange powder was thrown over an award-winning garden during a climate protest – you can watch video of the incident here.
Meanwhile, Monty Don has admitted that the show is too white, too middle class, and too middle class.