Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after they allegedly tried to mow down police officers by driving a car at them. Scotland Yard said the officers approached the Citroën C4 because the men were "behaving suspiciously" in Brixton, south London.

The 22-year-old driver "who had been alerted by approaching officers to stop his vehicle – drove recklessly towards the officers on several occasions while trying to decamp", London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. No one was injured and police were trying to establish the speed of the car.

After crashing into several parked cars, the driver got out "and tried to make off on foot", the Met statement read, adding he was then caught by officers, as were the two teenage passengers in the car.

A knife was later recovered from the vehicle "and further knives and a small quantity of cannabis from one of the teenagers", the statement said. "The driver was in possession of around £1,000 in cash and a small quantity of cannabis."