A man carrying a knife has been detained by police outside Parliament.
He has been detained by armed police outside the Palace of Westminster.
Images posted on social media showed the man, wearing black trousers and a grey sweatshirt, held against the fence with his arms behind his back by a police officer.
Parliament incident seems to be under control. pic.twitter.com/wVa863wO9g
— Ben (@Jamin2g) 16 June 2017
— Relu Katta (@tabishkafili) 16 June 2017
Pavement cleared outside Parliament Carriage Gates by armed police, one male detained pic.twitter.com/KcMkaTx7a0
— Ross Kempsell (@rosskempsell) 16 June 2017
The incident is not thought to be terror related.
The Met Police has said in a statement:
“A man has been arrested near to the Palace of Westminster.
“At 11:10hrs on Friday, 16 June, officers on routine duties near to the Carriage Gates entrance to the Palace of Westminster became aware of a man acting suspiciously.
“The officers approached the man in order to speak with him. The man reached for a knife, and police discharged a Taser.
“The man – aged in his 30s – was arrested for possession of a knife.
“Nobody was injured.
“The arrested man has been taken to a central London police station, where he remains in custody.”
Security around Westminster was tightened following the attack by Masood, who was shot dead after fatally stabbing Pc Palmer as he guarded Carriage Gate.
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A review of security at the perimeter of the parliamentary estate was ordered by Commons Speaker John Bercow following the incident.
The use of armed officers and physical barriers has become more visible, while a permanent barrier has been erected to protect pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, where Masood murdered four people and injured more than 50 others by mounting the pavement in a car.
The Carriage Gates entrance to Parliament is closed.