Buckingham Palace attack: Man arrested after two police officers are assaulted near the Mall

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A ‘knifeman’ has been arrested after two police officers were attacked outside Buckingham Palace in front of terrified tourists.

Witnesses reported seeing police armed with guns swarming the scene after a man was spotted with a knife on the Mall at about 8.35pm on Friday. 

The man, believed to be aged in his early 20s, stopped his car outside the Mall when the two officers spotted a large knife in his car, Scotland Yard said. 

They were attacked as they tried to make an arrest, suffering minor injuries to their arms. Both were treated at the scene, with no other people injured in the attack.

Police teams secure the roads outside Buckingham Palace (Getty Images)

Witnesses originally reported on social media that the attacker was armed with the sword, but it was later confirmed to be a “large knife” by the Met.

Witnesses have taken to social media to describe Buckingham Palace as “on lockdown”, with police officers setting up a cordon near the Mall.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police. 

Witness Nicole Kyle was walking home when she saw armed police swoop on the scene and quickly put up a cordon.

The 25-year-old consultant said: “I was walking toward The Mall and St James’s Park when I saw police rush down toward the palace in great numbers.

“As we got further down The Mall we saw armed police outside a police van, at which point we were able to walk closer to the palace still, where we were eventually stopped by a cordon. All we were told was that there’s been an incident.

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

“We then saw that police had expanded the cordon. It looks like the cordon is continuing to expand.”

An ambulance leaves the scene following the attack (Getty Images)

Detective Superintendent Guy Collings said: “A man in his mid-twenties has been arrested by police after they spotted a weapon inside his car.

“The quick and brave actions of both officers meant that the suspect was detained very quickly.

“No members of the public had any interaction with this individual at the scene. He will now be questioned by detectives in police custody. It is too early in this investigation to speculate any further.”

The Queen was not in residence when the attack happened. 

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