Man carrying knife arrested near Parliament

Police used a Taser to detain a man who reached for a knife when approached by officers outside Parliament, Scotland Yard has said.

The man, who had a beard and was wearing black trousers and a grey sweatshirt, was seen being held against a fence with his arms behind his back by a police officer. Police said that the man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife.

They are unsure and ‘remain open minded’ as to whether terrorism was a motive.

The incident, which happened just yards away from where PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by terrorist Khalid Masood, ended very swiftly with the man being taken away in a police van.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “It is too early to understand the motivation [of the man] si 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.”

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