March 24 2018, 08:02 | Irvin Gilbert
A man has been taken to hospital
A man, armed with a sword, has been arrested near Buckingham Palace in London..
In a statement, the Met said: "The man was stopped at approximately 20:35 hours by officers at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace in possession of knife".
The alleged offender was held just after 8.30pm on Friday evening on suspicion of assault and grievous bodily harm.
Images posted online showed a heavy police presence outside the palace, with emergency vehicles packing out the road.
A Reuters witness near the scene said police had cordoned off a wide area around the palace for security.
Buckingham Palace is not on "lockdown", Metropolitan Police said. "Everything on lockdown, heavily armed police seem calm". No others were reported to be injured, according to police.
Officers remain at the scene and inquiries are ongoing.
It's understood the Queen was not in residence in the palace at the time.
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