A man has been arrested carrying knives near the Houses of Parliament, in London, and arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences by armed police.
A man carrying knives near the Houses of Parliament has been wrestled to the ground by armed police and arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The man, aged 27, was detained as part of an intelligence-led operation on Parliament Street. He was later identified as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, thought to be a UK national – but born overseas – and to have gone to school in Tottenham, north London.
A witness described seeing two knives on the ground, one of which he described as a large bread knife.
The Metropolitan Police said there were no injuries. The suspect is in custody in a south London police station.
A French tourist who saw the arrest said the suspect looked “very calm”. Another witness said the man was not shouting, or acting aggressively.
A police statement said: “The man 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.
“Detectives from the counter-terrorism command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.”