British police arrest man with knife near Buckingham Palace

The man was detained at a road leading up to the palace, shortly before a car carrying Queen Elizabeth passed by.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - British police arrested a man with a knife near Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (March 24) .

The Telegraph newspaper reported that the man was detained at a road leading up to the palace just moments before a car carrying Queen Elizabeth passed by on the way to an engagement with Prince Philip at the St Paul's Cathedral.

Britain's Press Association, citing a witness, said the handcuffed man was surrounded by officers as he sat on the ground before a police van drove him away.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related, the news agency reported.

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"No one was injured in the incident and a knife was recovered," the spokesman said. "The man has been taken to a central London police station."

The arrest comes as Britain ramps up security following the Manchester suicide bombing on Monday that killed 22 people and injured dozens.

 

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