Buckingham Palace in lockdown as man arrested after throwing suspected shotgun cartridges
According to the Metropolitan Police, a man was apprehended outside Buckingham Palace for hurling suspected shotgun cartridges into the palace grounds. To ensure public safety, authorities conducted a controlled explosion outside the palace. The man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
Police have reported that a knife was discovered on the man following a search, but no gun was found. Additionally, after finding a suspicious bag on the individual, authorities set up cordons, which have now been removed. The man was detained while security preparations were being made for the King's coronation on Saturday. Buckingham Palace has confirmed that neither the King nor the Queen Consort was present during the incident, the man approached the palace gates, threw the items over, and was subsequently arrested at approximately 7 pm.
Police have stated that the items thrown by the man have been retrieved and will be subjected to specialist examination. The incident is not currently being investigated as terror-related but instead is believed to be an isolated mental health incident, according to police.
Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald of the Metropolitan Police stated that officers promptly detained the man and is now in police custody. No shots were reported to have been fired, and there were no injuries to either officers or members of the public. Police remain at the scene and are continuing their investigations.