Axe-wielding man arrested close to Buckingham Palace as police scrambled

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An axe-wielding man has been arrested by armed officers near to Buckingham Palace, London’s Metropolitan Police reportedly said.

The man, bevelled to be in his forties, was spotted by on-patrol officers walking close to Buckingham Palace on The Mall in Central London.

Eyewitnesses saw the man at around 6.30pm on Tuesday April 12, and police immediately stopped him.

Several officers then surrounded the man, according to Twitter, and arrested him near the Institute of Contemporary Arts building, it has been reported.

The Mall is a road in the City of Westminster that leads from Trafalgar Square via Admiralty Arch to Buckingham Palace.

The Met said the individual was arrested and detained on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and taken to Charing Cross police station for questioning.

Buckingham Palace is currently not occupied by the Queen, who has been residing at Windsor Castle.

She and Prince Philip made Windsor their home for much of the pandemic until Philip’s death aged 99 on April 9.

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