Police respond to Buckingham Palace area due to alleged assault

Man arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police after two officers received minor injuries the Metropolitan Police said. Pic Nicole Kyle  PA Wire

A man with a knife who assaulted two police officers outside Buckingham Palace on Friday night has been arrested, British police said. Police would only confirm that the man had a knife.

Authorities said the man is being held on suspicion of assault of police and grievous bodily harm.

Queen Elizabeth II was not at the palace, her official residence, palace officials said.

"Two male police officers suffered minor injuries to their arm", said a Metropolitan Police statement.

Pictures on social media show police cars and a police cordon surrounding the area.

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A large number of police vehicles could be seen in the Mall, the wide road outside the palace, after the incident.

Natalie Wood wrote: "Police still being called into Buckingham Palace".

Armed police were reported to be on the scene. Blue lights and sirens everywhere.

London-based German, Kristin Tewes, simply asked: "Does anyone know what's happening at Buckingham Palace?"

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