Man with knife arrested near UK Parliament

The man was arrested near the UK Parliament on Friday
JACK TAYLOR GETTY IMAGES The man was arrested near the UK Parliament on Friday
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20 June, 2017

London police on Friday arrested a man at the fence surrounding the British parliament on suspicion of carrying a knife, which comes almost three months after an Islamist terror attack in the same area.

The arrest happened yards from where Khalid Masood launched his attack killing PC Keith Palmer on March 22 after knocking down and killing four others.

Police have not declared the episode a terrorist incident but say they are "open-minded as to whether terrorism was a motive". According to Allen, there were armed police everywhere, calling on the public to move back, which they did, and the whole incident was over within seconds.

The scene appeared calm from images broadcast on United Kingdom news networks, with armed officers taking the man in his 30s into custody and searching him.

The incident was reported at around 11.10 a.m. local time on Friday.

British armed police detained a man on suspicion of having a knife near parliament on Friday, police said.

One witness told Reuters the man was taken away by police in a van.

It comes a year to the day since MP Jo Cox was murdered in her Batley and Spen constituency by white supremacist terror Thomas Mair.

A review of security at the perimeter of the parliamentary estate was ordered by Commons Speaker John Bercow following the incident.

The political editor of the Evening Standard has said on twitter that a man has been detained and the gates of the parliament were shut as a precaution. Masood was shot dead soon after he killed the officer.


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