Parliament has been put on locked down after police had to taser and arrest a man at the gates of Parliament just yards from the location where Pc Keith Palmer was stabbed to death last year.
Witnesses heard a scream and then shouting as police ran towards the man just yards inside carriage gates The man, who was described as dark-skinned and wearing an olive-coloured shirt, was immediately detained by Police officers with armed officers backing them up.
It is understood that the man was tasered by police when he entered into the Parliament side of the gates, one report claimed the man had gained access to the Parliament by jumping over the railings next to carriage gate.
The man believed to be in his 20’s was imminently handcuffed by police who lead him away into the back of a police van.
The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope said:
“Disturbance at the gates of Parliament. Police running towards carriage gates.
I heard a scream moments before. A man has been tasered.
About 10 police officers are milling around. Looks like the situation has now calmed down. Two police cars outside carriage gates.”
BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg posted on twitter about the incident saying:
“Intruder at Parliament being held by police. Not clear what’s happened – all seems calm now.
Man still being held, arguing with police – he was on the ground when I first saw the disturbance, on his feet now in cuffs talking to officers.”
Security at Westminster remains high following a number of high-profile incidents in recent months.
In March last year, terrorist Khalid Masood killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed an unarmed police officer to death near Carriage Gates before being shot dead by police offciers.
Also in August of this year, a man was arrested after driving a car into pedestrians and cyclists before ramming into barriers outside the parliament building in what police said appeared to be a