Parliament lockdown: Man with knife arrested by police

First picture of 'man with knife' arrested by armed police in non-terror related incident

An image has emerged of the moment a man suspected of carrying a knife was arrested by armed police outside Parliament.

Officers placed the entire Parliament complex on lockdown during the incident, with bystanders reporting the man in a grey hooded top being tasered by police.

One photo shared on social media appeared to show the suspect being held at gunpoint and then handcuffed.

Police said a man had been detained 'on suspicion of possession of a knife'

Police placed the Houses of Parliament on lockdown as armed officers responded to reports of a man with a knife outside.

Witnesses said a man had been tasered by police, and images shared on social media appeared to show a suspect wearing a grey hoodie being held at gunpoint and then handcuffed.

Police said one suspect in his 30s had been arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife “near to the Palace of Westminster".

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said officers “became aware of a man acting suspiciously" at 11.10am near the Carriage Gates to New Palace Yard, the scene of the terrorist attack on 22 March in which PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death.

“The officers approached the man in order to speak with him. The man reached for a knife, and police discharged a Taser," police said.

“Nobody was injured," police said. The incident is not being treated as terror-related at this stage.

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