Man with weapon arrested outside Buckingham Palace

The suspect was reportedly arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault under the Terrorism Act.

BBC reports that a "large bladed weapon" was found in the man's car by officers after it stopped near the palace on Friday, August 25.

The police said that the officers suffered minor arm injuries while arresting the man. The 26-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries.

According to the reports, none of the members of the Royal Family was in Buckingham Palace at the time of the incident.

A spokesman for the Palace said summer opening hours and tours will go continue on Saturday, August 26, stating that it will be "business as usual".

The incident is said to have occurred outside the Mall roundabout near Spur Road at about 20:35 BST(8:35 PM), police said.

BBC reports that the man had stopped his car in a "restricted area" and the police saw the weapon.

Det Supt Guy Collings observed that the "quick and brave" actions of the officers saw the suspect detained very quickly and no members of the public had any contact with him.

The two officers and the suspect have been discharged from the hospital with the suspect taken to a central London police station for questioning.

The police added that there is still a police cordon at the scene and that investigation into the case is currently ongoing.

Eye-witness Kiana Williamson said: "We turned up and there was one police van and one car; there was also a civilian's car that had veered towards the police car.

"They were trying to get the man out of the car, shouting; more police were arriving on to the scene and the man was fighting back.

"I saw one injured policeman with an injury to his arm, although it didn't look severe.

"He was being tended to by another officer.

"The man had been restrained and looked almost unconscious by the side of the road."

Another passer-by who pleaded anonymity, said her partner initially thought he had seen a sword.

Speaking with Press Association, she said: "The police didn't just run up to the car. There was some shouting prior to this; I couldn't tell you what, I was a bit panicked...

"My partner saw a sword, which I didn't see, as well as a policeman with blood on him, looking like his hand or chest was injured.

"The police officer had it in his hand, walking away with it."


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