A man has been arrested near to the Palace of Westminster.
At 11:10hrs on Friday, 16 June, officers on routine duties near to the Carriage Gates entrance to the Palace of Westminster became aware of a man acting suspiciously.
The officers approached the man in order to speak with him. The man reached for a knife, and police discharged a Taser.
The man – aged in his 30s – was arrested for possession of a knife.
Nobody was injured.
The arrested man has been taken to a central London police station, where he remains in custody.
At this time it is too early to understand the motivation so we have not declared this a terrorist incident. However given the location, the circumstances and recent tragic events, the MPS Counter Terrorism Command will be investigating this incident.
We remain open minded as to whether terrorism was a motive.
Once again we commend the actions of our armed and un-armed officers based in Westminster who are keeping the public safe.