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# London
Man tasered by police after reaching for knife outside Houses of Parliament at Westminster
The man in his 30s was detained just after 11am this morning.

Updated 12.10pm

POLICE IN LONDON HAVE arrested a man in possession of a knife near to the Palace of Westminster, where the UK parliament sits.

The man, aged in his 30s, was detained at around 11.10am this morning.

No injuries have been reported at the scene.

Officers near the carriage gates entrance to the Palace spotted a man acting suspiciously, a statement from Met Police said.

When the officers approached to speak to him, he is said to have reached for a knife.

Police then discharged a taser on the man before arresting him.

The man has been taken to a central London police station, where he remains in custody.

Parliament is reportedly in lockdown following the incident, as metal barriers were quickly placed to prevent the public accessing the building.

The Palace of Westminster was the target for a recent terrorist attack where a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians from a nearby bridge right up to the palace gates.

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