Police taser man with knife outside Buckingham Palace

Feb 04, 2013, 08:18 IST | Agencies

Officers say the man who had two knives 'tried to make an exhibition of himself during the changing guard ceremony

A man holding a knife to his neck has been tasered outside Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Scotland Yard said the incident happened yesterday. The man was arrested. Grant Shepherd, an onlooker at the scene tweeted: “Crazy man with a knife to his throat just stopped the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.”

Stunned: Cops tasered the unidentified man who is believed to be in his 50s after he held a knife to his throat in front of Buckingham Palace. Pics/twitter

Another picture taken at the time showed large crowds at thescene, who had turned up for the traditional morning ceremony. Further photos showed two knives, a hat and a a pair of trainers believed to belong to the man who was arrested.
Prayer beads were also found at the scene.

It is understood that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were at Sandringham at the time. Two knives were found on the ground within the police cordon.

Kevin Burrows, a kitchen porter from Kingston said, “A man just started running towards the palace, I just saw him running towards the front gate. I think he had three knives. Then the police suddenly surrounded him. They were shouting at everybody to get back. There were police on horses. I saw the shot fired, the police officer was about three metres from him.”

He added, “It took a couple of seconds for him to fall to the ground. He was just surrounded by police. He was carried off in a police van.”

The man, who is understood to be in his 50s, was taken to a central London police station for further questioning and a medical examination.

According to the latest available statistics from Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police used a taser 224 times between October 1 2010 and March 31 2011.  

224 Number of times the cops have used a taser between Oct 2010 and March 2011 

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