A man said to be carrying a “rucksack of knives” has been apprehended and arrested by police in Parliament Square in Whitehall, London.
Witnesses report seeing a bearded man being pinned to the ground by the authorities, while a number of bladed weapons were scattered onto the street by his side. The suspect was escorted from the scene by police in a van half an hour after the incident.
This attempted felony has occurred just five weeks after and a short distance away from an earlier terrorist incident in Westminster which left six people dead.
Journalist Helen Chandler-Wilde witnessed the commotion near Westminster Abbey, and stated: “There are loads of police, about 10 of them, as well as six police cars, and a forensic officer. We ran down from just behind Westminster Abbey to see what was going on, we’re about 20 yards from the entrance to the Treasury. The traffic is still flowing, it’s just a small bit of the road which is closed.”
A representative from HMRC has since stated that the main entrance to their building at 100 Parliament Street has been closed, pending further notice.
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