Man held outside parliament

BBC:-A man was brought down with a Taser outside the Palace of Westminster after he reached for a knife when approached by officers, Scotland Yard has said.

A bearded man, wearing black trousers and a grey sweatshirt, was seen being held against the fence with his arms behind his back by a police officer.

Scotland Yard said the man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife.

He was held just yards from where PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by terrorist Khalid Masood in March.

Joe Murphy, London Evening Standard political editor, tweeted: “There were shouts of ‘knife, knife, knife’ and man was brought down with a Taser.”

BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar said the latest incident ended very swiftly with the man being taken away in a police van.

While the gates are closed, the road and pavement opposite remained open and the incident had no affect on traffic in Parliament Square, he said.

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