Armed police arrest man near Parliament
16 June 2017 National News
Armed police have arrested a man near Parliament on suspicion of possessing a knife.
A bearded man wearing a grey hooded jumper and black trousers was pictured being held against Parliament’s railings with his arms behind his back by a police officer.
Scotland Yard said the arrested man is in his 30s and there are no reported injuries. The incident is not thought to be terror related.
A Parliamentary spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident outside the Palace of Westminster, which is being dealt with by the Metropolitan Police.”
The Carriage Gates entrance to Parliament was closed following the arrest.
On 22 March, PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death just inside Parliament by terror attacker Khalid Masood, who was gunned down by armed police.
Masood entered Parliament’s New Palace Yard through Carriage Gates. Following the attack the entrance’s gates were replaced by bulkier, less decorative gates with wire meshing.
Commons Speaker John Bercow ordered a review of Parliament’s security in the wake of PC Palmer’s death.