Police respond to Buckingham Palace area due to alleged assault

A man has been arrested after he attacked police officers outside Buckingham Palace in London today.

Two police suffered minor injuries while trying to detain the man, authorities said.

The alleged offender was held just after 8.30pm on Friday evening on suspicion of assault and grievous bodily harm. "Everything on lockdown, heavily armed police seem calm".

Officers are on scene at the Mall o/s Buckingham Palace. The man was in possession of a knife, police said.

The two men were treated at the scene and did not require hospital treatment, according to police, who did not say whether they were treating the attack as terrorism.

"A few minutes later police came by to have us clear the area and move further away from the palace".

No other injuries have been reported.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said she was unable to comment at this stage on the motivation for the incident.

  • Jon Douglas