Police respond to Buckingham Palace area due to alleged assault

Buckingham Palace in lockdown after alleged attack on police

A man, armed with a sword, has been arrested near Buckingham Palace in London.

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The man, who had a knife, was stopped on Friday evening shortly after 8.30pm by officers on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

One man has been arrested, with the two officers injuries to their arms, Met Police said.

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One eyewitness, Nicole Kyle, was walking home when she saw police head towards Buckingham Palace. He has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault.

"Given what has happened in London in recent months with terrorist attacks, police have significantly stepped up their patrols, particularly around central London".

Buckingham Palace is not on "lockdown", Metropolitan Police said.

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Reports on social media claimed he was armed with a sword or machete when he attacked the cops in front of terrified tourists. They have not been taken to hospital.

"Officers remain on scene and enquiries are ongoing". Police would only confirm that the man had a knife.

The Queen is usually at her summer residence in Balmoral in Scotland at this time of the year.

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The police said it was too early to know whether it was terror related.

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