Monday 22 January 2018

Buckingham Palace suspect 'brandished 4ft sword' - police

Police outside Buckingham Palace in London last night after the attack. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA
Police outside Buckingham Palace in London last night after the attack. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA

Jack Hardy, Thomas Hornall and Aine Fox, Press Association

A SUSPECT deliberately drove a car at police outside Buckingham Palace in London and then "reached for a 4ft sword", the Metropolitan Police have said.

Three officers were injured after tackling a man who drove a blue Toyota Prius at a marked police vehicle on Friday night.

Commander Dean Haydon, of the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism branch, said: "Uniformed officers then confronted the driver of the vehicle and during that confrontation the driver reached for a four-foot sword that was in the passenger footwell.

"CS gas was used as part of the arrest and during the struggle the individual repeatedly shouted the words Allahu Akbar."

A 26-year-old man from the Luton area is in custody at a central London police station.

Mr Haydon praised the bravery and courage of the injured officers in "quickly bringing the incident under control".

A police cordon outside Buckingham Palace in London, where a man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
A police cordon outside Buckingham Palace in London, where a man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

He also said he was "confident" that it was an "isolated incident".

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