A man has been arrested near Britain’s House of Parliament in London, on suspicion of terrorism, after he was found to be in possession of harmful objects.
The Metropolitan Police said that the man was arrested during a stop and search procedure around Whitehall and knives were recovered from him.
Security has been tightened since the terror attack on the parliament on March 22, where four people were killed including a Police officer.
“A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 2.22pm, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation.
The man was arrested on Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command.
The man, aged in his late 20s, 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,” a statement from the Metropolitan Police read.
Local media reports show traffic gridlock in the area after Police closed some roads leading to 10 Downing Street – the residence of Theresa May and ministries.
The Met Police added that the suspect was being detained under the Terrorism Act and was in custody at 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.”