A man arrested outside Buckingham Palace on Tuesday has been detained under the Mental Health Act. Police were called at about 7pm on May 2 after a man approached the gates of the palace, throwing several items, believed to be shotgun cartridges, into the grounds.
Officers rapidly apprehended a 59-year-old man who was found with a knife. He was not carrying a gun.
The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of offensive weapon and taken into custody.
A Metropolican police spokesman added: “On Wednesday, 3 May he was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital.
“He will remain on bail whilst receiving medical care.
“Cordons were in place after the incident after the man was also found to be in possession of a bag.
“Specialists attended and a controlled explosion was conducted as a precaution.
“There were no reported injuries and the incident is not being treated as terror-related.”
The incident occurred days before Saturday’s Coronation of King Charles at Westminster Abbey.
The coronation of King Charles III involves one of the most important and complex security operations in UK history, Britain’s security minister said yesterday, as rights groups accused the authorities of stifling civil liberties in their attempt to ensure events run smoothly.
Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said the coronation involves “one of the most important security operations that the country has put into plan,” with scores of foreign royals, dignitaries and heads of state expected to attend the service.
Mr Tugendhat told Times Radio: “This is an enormously important moment for the country.
“The police are, to put it mildly, all over it, and our intelligence and other security forces are extremely aware of the challenges that we face and ready to deal with them – as the police did quite brilliantly yesterday.”
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