Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Man arrested near Westminster on suspicion of possessing a knife

A man has been arrested outside the Houses of Parliament on suspicion he was carrying a knife.

There are no reports of injuries, and the incident is not thought to be terror-related.

In a statement, Metropolitan Police said a man was arrested near the Palace of Westminster.

The gates were quickly closed.

The incident occurred less than three months since a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and then stabbed a policeman to death in the grounds of parliament, the first of three deadly attacks in Britain which has put the security services on high alert.

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Photos on social media appear to show a man in a grey hoodie being held at gunpoint and being handcuffed.

Eye-witnesses described seeing a man "tasered" by armed police outside the House of Commons after shouts of "knife, knife, knife".

"The guy was on the ground on his front on the pavement alongside Parliament Square".

The Guardian reports that a man was arrested by police at the gates of Parliament and has been detained by three officers.

Security around Westminster was tightened following the attack by Masood, who was shot dead.

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