Armed police have just arrested a bearded man at Parliament Square, Westminster, on suspicion of terrorism. The failed attack takes place just 36 days after five people were killed by Khalid Masood in an Islamic terrorist attack at the same location.
The man was apprehended by armed police before he could cause any damage. He was found to be carrying a backpack full of knives. Thankfully, no one has been injured. Roads surrounding Whitehall are currently sealed off as police work hard to make sure everything is safe.
Images show the suspected terrorist to be a non-white, bearded man, supposedly in his twenties. The man, who can be see being held against a wall with a bandage on his right hand, has now been taken away in a police van.
Update on Terrorist Attack from Scotland Yard
A spokesman for Scotland Yard has advised: “A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation…
The man, aged in his late twenties, 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…
He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in 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.”
More information to follow.