Man arrested at Buckingham Palace – police conduct controlled explosion

He threw what are thought to be shotgun cartridges into the palace grounds

Just a couple of hours ago, police officers detained a man at the gates of Buckingham Palace, after he threw a number of items into the palace grounds.

The King and Queen were not at the palace at the time, instead attending a reception elsewhere.

Thought to have been shotgun cartridges thrown, the man was quickly taken into custody, and was also in possession of a ‘suspicious bag’, Scotland Yard has said.

A man threw shotgun cartridges into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace (Tom Bennett)

Specialist police officers attended the scene and undertook a controlled explosion ‘as a precaution’.

The man, as yet unidentified, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon at around 7pm.

The items thrown into the forecourt of the iconic London landmark have been recovered and are being taken for specialist examination.

Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald, said: ‘Officers worked immediately to detain the man and he has been taken into police custody.

‘There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries to officers or members of the public. Officers remain at the scene and further enquiries are ongoing.’

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