Armed police pounce on man with knife and pin him to ground outside Palace of Westminster

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Armed officers from the Metropolitan Police have pounced on a man with a knife and pinned him to the ground outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Footage shared on Twitter show several officers surrounding the man, with some pinning him to the nearby road. Stunned onlookers can also be seen looking on, as motorist driving past on the other side of the road show down in their vehicles to see what is unfolding. 

BBC journalist Sam Francis posted a video of the dramatic scene and wrote: “Met Police have arrested a man with a knife next to the Houses of Parliament.”

The Palace of Westminster serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in Central London.

It is informally known as the Houses of Parliament and lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster.

On Tuesday, a road near Prime Minister Liz Truss’s Downing Street office and residence in Central London had been closed due to a suspicious package.

Whitehall, which is between the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, is also home to several Government departments, including the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence.

City of Westminster Police said on Twitter: “Officers are in attendance and a cordon is in place as a precaution,”

“The item will be assessed by specialist officers. Please avoid the area.”

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