Revealed: 120 arrests outside Buckingham and Kensington Palaces in last five years

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One hundred and twenty people have been arrested outside Buckingham and Kensington Palaces in the last five years, Scotland Yard has revealed.

The Metropolitan Police refused to give a breakdown of what the arrests were for, saying it would “negatively affect security measures.”

The figure was released in a Freedom of Information request by The Sun.

The Met added: “To provide a breakdown of arrest data would negatively affect the security measures in place and therefore prejudice law enforcement.”

It comes after a man was charged over an incident near Buckingham Palace in which three police officers were left injured.

Mohiussunnath Choudhury, 26, is accused of a terror offence after he was arrested near Buckingham Palace allegedly armed with a 4ft sword, Scotland Yard said.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday.

No members of the Royal Family were inside Buckingham Palace when a man drove a car at officers and then reached for a four-foot sword.

Three police officers were hurt in the attack on the Mall at just after 8.30pm on Friday.

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, praised the quick action of the officers, two of whom needed hospital treatment for cuts.

“I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and professionalism of these officers who quickly brought this incident under control,” he said.


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