Buckingham Palace attack: Man arrested after two police officers are assaulted on 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 was stopped by two officers, who then attacked them as they tried to make an arrest, police said.

The two officers suffered minor injuries to their arms and were treated at the scene. The Met Police confirmed no other people were injured in the attack.

Witnesses originally reported on social media that the attacker was armed with the sword, but it was later confirmed to be a 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.

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

Amir Jan Malick said on Twitter: “Police with guns began encircling the Palace and directing cars away as more police cars were rushing towards the palace with sirens.”

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.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “The man – no further details – was stopped this evening, Friday 25 August at approximately 20:35 hours by officers at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace in possession of knife.

“During the course of detaining him, two male police officers suffered minor injuries to their arm.

“The London Ambulance Service were called and they were treated at the scene. They have not been taken to hospital.

“No others persons have been reported injured.”

This story is being updated.

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