A man was arrested outside Buckingham Palace after throwing suspected shotgun cartridges into palace grounds, police said. The incident occurred on Tuesday at around 19:00 BST when the man, who was not named, was detained by police after approaching the gates of the palace. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and the police have cordoned off the area. A controlled explosion was carried out as a precaution after an assessment from specialists, and the man was also found to be in possession of a suspicious bag.
There are no reports of shots fired or injuries to officers or the public. The King and the Queen Consort were not at Buckingham Palace at the time of the arrest. Officers remain at the scene and further enquiries are ongoing.
Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald said: “Officers worked immediately to detain the man, and he has been taken into police custody. There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries to officers or members of the public. Officers remain at the scene, and further enquiries are ongoing.”
The incident follows a similar event in March 2019 when a man was arrested outside the palace for possession of a Taser. Buckingham Palace has not commented on the recent event.
Security around the palace has been heightened in recent years, and the Queen is now protected by armed officers at all times. In addition, the Changing of the Guard ceremony has been scaled back, and the public is kept further away from the palace gates.
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