Video: Man 'carrying two knives' tasered outside Buckingham Palace
Man arrested after holding a knife to his throat outside Buckingham Palace
Oliver Duggan has a BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds and an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University London. He works as a freelance reporter and editorial assistant for The Independent and i with a focus on Home Affairs and politics.
Sunday 03 February 2013
Video: Grant Shepherd / YouTube
A man brandishing knives was Tasered outside Buckingham Palace today after disrupting the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, broke through police cordons and held one knife to his neck and attempted to slash at officers with a six-inch blade while shouting.
He was arrested on suspicion of affray after being temporarily paralysed by the electrical charge from a police Taser gun.
Kevin Burrows, an onlooker, said: “A man just started running towards the palace, I just saw him running towards the front gate.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it’. There must have been about 15 police officers on foot who surrounded him once he’d been Tasered. The police saw him really quickly and were obviously cautious. They were shouting at everybody to get back. There were police on horses. I saw the shot fired – the police officer was about three metres from him.
“It took a couple of seconds for him to fall to the ground. He was carried off in a police van.”
Police told the hundreds of tourists gathered for the midday ceremony that the man “tried to make an exhibition of himself” and that there were “mental health issues”.
The Queen and Prince Philip were at Sandringham at the time.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the man was not making threats to the public. He is in custody at a central London police station.
For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch
Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
Johnny Depp facing 10 years in jail for illegally bringing dogs to Australia
US warned by Chinese media to stop meddling or 'war will be inevitable'
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
- 1 Chelsea victory parade mocked on Twitter as 'tens of fans' pack the streets of London
- 2 Preston fan who appeared to snatch Jermaine Beckford's shirt from eight-year-old boy identified and says: 'the truth will come out'
- 3 Johnny Depp facing 10 years in jail for illegally bringing dogs to Australia
- 4 US warned by Chinese media to stop meddling or 'war will be inevitable'
- 5 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says