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Man held by armed police at UK Parliament

Man held by armed police at UK Parliament

Extra police officers, some of them armed, were brought in to bolster security on the gates, but 45 minutes after the intrusion, they were stood down.

Armed British police used a Taser stun gun to restrain a man after he ran into the grounds of parliament on Tuesday, close to where an officer was stabbed to death past year, and ignored warnings to stop.

The entrance where the incident happened was where unarmed PC Keith Palmer was fatally stabbed by Westminster attacker Khalid Masood in March 2017.

Shortly afterwards, seemingly carrying on with business as usual, Chancellor Philip Hammond was seen exiting the Carriage gates in the back of his ministerial Jaguar.

Security at the site has been beefed up since the atrocity, with a permanent armed presence now at the entrance.

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"A taser was deployed".

In a statement, the Met Police said a man had been arrested on "suspicion of trespassing at a protected site".

Christopher Hope, a reporter for the Daily Telegraph, told BBC News: "I heard a scream and then looked out the window, and then about half a dozen police officers who appeared not to be armed were running towards a man".

The man, who has not been identified, was led away from the scene by police.