Suspect ‘reached for a 4ft sword’ outside Buckingham Palace

A suspect deliberately drove a car at police outside Buckingham Palace and then “reached for a 4ft sword”, the Metropolitan Police have said.

Three officers were injured after tackling a man who drove a blue Toyota Prius at a marked police vehicle on Friday night.

Police said during the struggle the individual repeatedly shouted the words “Allahu Akbar.”

A 26-year-old man from the Luton area was initially arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and an assault on police.

He has since been further arrested under the Terrorism Act and is being questioned by counter-terror detectives.

The suspect was also taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Nobody else is believed to have been hurt.

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The man, who had a “large bladed weapon” was stopped on Friday evening shortly after 8.30pm by officers on the Mall outside the palace.

Commander Dean Haydon, of the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism branch, said: “Uniformed officers then confronted the driver of the vehicle and during that confrontation the driver reached for a four-foot sword that was in the passenger footwell.

“CS gas was used as part of the arrest and during the struggle the individual repeatedly shouted the words Allahu Akbar.”

One eyewitness said she had seen a man wrestled from a car, which had “veered” towards a police car.

“They were trying to get the man out of the car, shouting, more police were arriving on to the scene and the man was fighting back,” she said.

“I saw one injured policeman with an injury to his arm although it didn’t look severe.”

Detectives remained on the scene late on Friday evening as investigations were carried out.

The Royal family is not currently at the palace.

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