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Man arrested outside Buckingham Palace on offensive weapon charges

A sign outside New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
A sign outside New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Copyright Kirsty Wigglesworth/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
Copyright Kirsty Wigglesworth/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
By Euronews with AP
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of having an offensive weapon outside Buckingham Palace. A controlled explosion took place at the scene. There were no injuries and no shots were fired.

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London police said a controlled explosion was carried out outside Buckingham Palace late Tuesday after a man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

The Metropolitan Police force said officers arrested the man after approached the palace gates and threw items suspected to be shotgun cartridges into the palace grounds.

"Officers worked immediately to detain the man and he has been taken into police custody," Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald said in a statement. "There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries to officers or members of the public."

Police said officers remained at the scene and investigations were ongoing.

The incident took place just days ahead of King Charles III's coronation ceremony, scheduled to take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday.

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