Just 2 hours ago, a man wielding a knife outside Buckingham Palace at the changing the guard was Tasered by the Metropolitan Police. A video of the incident is at the bottom of this post. The man has now been arrested by police and no one has been harmed according to people from the scene.
The man had held a knife to his throat after interrupting the Ceremony at 11:55am this morning. Police have confirmed they deployed their Taser stun gun weapon.
No members of the Royal Family are in residence today at Buckingham Palace.
The man has now been safely arrested and is in Police custody. Nobody was harmed during the incident, sources say the Taser was deployed safely and correctly.
Most police officers at Buckingham Palace are from either the DPG (Diplomatic Protection Group) or another armed unit of the police. In this instance, it would have been unacceptable for the police to use firearms as the man only posed a threat to himself. The Taser offers police a middle option that is both non-lethal and is effective in stopping a person.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “A man was seen outside the centre gate in possession of two knives.
“He was not making threats to members of the public but he was challenged by police.
“He acted aggressively and a Taser was discharged.”
Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on what was a matter for the police.
A video of the incident had now appeared on YouTube, watch below!