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Westminster: Attempted murder arrest after police confronted by man armed with knife

Written by on 18 April 2022

A man armed with a knife has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two Ministry of Defence police officers were confronted in Westminster.

The incident, which is not being treated as terror-related, happened at about 8.50am on Monday in Horse Guards Parade, not far from 10 Downing Street and Whitehall.

The 29-year-old suspect was tasered and restrained by officers, the Metropolitan Police said.

There were no reports of any injuries.

A police forensic official walks outside the Horse Guards building as a police officer stands guard at the cordoned-off area on Whitehall in Westminster after the road was closed by police following an incident involving the arrest of a man near Downing Street, in London, Britain, April 18, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls  Image: A police forensic official enters the Horse Guards building as a police officer stands guard

The man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon and remains in custody at a central London police station.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “An investigation is under way.

“Met officers will continue to liaise closely with the Ministry of Defence Police as it progresses”

Horse Guards Parade is located in Westminster, London

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Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information is asked to contact police on 101.

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