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Police taser man outside Buckingham Palace

The man had been brandishing two knives during the Changing of the Guard.

A cornered off area containing knives, a hat and Taser wire outside Buckingham Palace.
A cornered off area containing knives, a hat and Taser wire outside Buckingham Palace.
Image: John Fahey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

POLICE USED A taser stun gun on a man outside Buckingham Palace in London today.

Scotland Yard said the man in his 50s was then arrested on suspicion of causing an affray.

The incident occurred at about 11.50am.

Two knives, a hat and a pair of running shoes, as well as the taser wire, were left inside the area police cordoned off.

A statement from Met 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.”

A video of the incident, which occurred during the Changing of the Guard, shows the man – believed to be in his 50s – wielding a large knife and holding it to his own throat before he is approached by a number of officers.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband were in their royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk today.

Close-up of two knives, a hat and Taser wire in an the cornered off area outside Buckingham Palace today. (Image: John Fahey/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

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