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Man found with knives near UK parliament sparks security alert


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Man found with knives near UK parliament sparks security alert

A man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act after being found with knives in Westminster.

Police say the man was detained after a ‘stop and search’ which officers say was part of an “ongoing operation”.

The arrest took place on Whitehall, the street which connects government departments and the prime minster’s residence at 10 Downing Street with Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.

Scotland Yard says a 27-year-old man has been charged with carrying an offensive weapon, as well as “suspicion of the commission, preparation and investigation of acts of terrorism”.

At least 3 knives were pictured on the ground at the scene. No one was injured in the event.

The arrest comes just over a month after a man drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster bridge, killing three, before fatally stabbing a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament. He was then shot dead by police.

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