Arrest over Whitehall terror incident

A man has been arrested in near the Houses of Parliament by armed police in what appears to be a failed terror attack. A witness described seeing two knives on the ground, one of which looked like a 'large bread knife'.

The man, in his 20s, was arrested at 14:22 BST by armed police as part of an intelligence-led operation on Parliament Street.

The Metropolitan Police said that there were no injuries. The statement added:

A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation. The man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command. The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.Knives have been recovered from him. He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.

Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command has joined the investigation into the man, who was taken into custody next to HMRC. He was seen handcuffed on the ground, with armed officers standing over him, yards from the entrance to Westminster tube station. 

Police said they were investigating the circumstances that led the man to attract the attention of officers. Guido Fawkes has published pictures of the crime scene. 

Security remains tight in the area following the Westminster terror attack last month.