Man, 40s, carrying an AXE is stopped outside Buckingham Palace and arrested by patrolling police

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Man, 40s, carrying an AXE is stopped outside Buckingham Palace and arrested by patrolling police

A man carrying an axe near Buckingham Palace was stopped and arrestedOfficers were on patrol on The Mall at approximately 6.30pm tonightArmed police attended the scene where the male was detained and arrested on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon

By Henry Martin For Mailonline

Published: 15:47 EDT, 13 April 2021 | Updated: 15:53 EDT, 13 April 2021

An axe-wielding man has been arrested near Buckingham Palace, police have said.

Armed Metropolitan Police officers were on patrol when they spotted the man, believed to be in his forties, walking on The Mall in central London holding the axe at around 6.30pm.

He was detained and arrested on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon.

Photos from witnesses on Twitter appeared to show several officers surrounding the man near the Institute of Contemporary Arts building.

Armed Metropolitan Police officers were on patrol when they spotted the man, believed to be in his forties, walking on The Mall in central London holding the axe at around 6.30pm (file picture, The Mall, March 27)

There are no reports of any injuries, according to the Met, and the man was taken to Charing Cross police station for questioning.

The force said enquiries are continuing.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6041/13APR.

A police spokesman said: 'Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6041/13APR.

'To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org.'

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