Suspect drove at police outside palace then reached for sword, say police


A suspect deliberately drove a car at police outside Buckingham Palace and then "reached for a 4ft sword", the Metropolitan Police have said.

Three officers were injured after tackling a man who drove a blue Toyota Prius at a marked police vehicle on Friday night.

A police cordon outside Buckingham Palace
A police cordon outside Buckingham Palace (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Commander Dean Haydon, of the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism branch, said: "Uniformed officers then confronted the driver of the vehicle and during that confrontation the driver reached for a four-foot sword that was in the passenger footwell.

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"CS gas was used as part of the arrest and during the struggle the individual repeatedly shouted the words Allahu Akbar."

A 26-year-old man from the Luton area is in custody at a central London police station.

 police cordon outside Buckingham Palace
Three officers were hurt in the incident (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Mr Haydon praised the bravery and courage of the injured officers in "quickly bringing the incident under control".

He also said he was "confident" that it was an "isolated incident".