Man arrested ‘with knife’ near Buckingham Palace

Police arrest a man who was carrying a knife near Buckingham Palace. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Police arrest a man who was carrying a knife near Buckingham Palace. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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A man has been arrested in possession of a knife near Buckingham Palace.

An eyewitness said he saw a man surrounded by officers and handcuffed as he sat on the ground in The Mall at around 10.40am on Wednesday.

A police van arrived with lights flashing and drove him away.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said the incident is not believed to be terror-related.

She added: “A man has been arrested in The Mall, SW1, in possession of a knife.

“Patrolling officers detained and arrested the man in The Mall at about 10.40am this morning.

“No-one was injured in the incident and a knife was recovered.

“The man has been taken to a central London police station.”

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The arrest happened shortly before the Queen was driven from the palace for an engagement with the Duke of Edinburgh at St Paul’s Cathedral.

They are attending a service to mark the centenary of the Order of the British Empire.

More to follow.