Man arrested after suspicious vehicle stopped near London’s Buckingham Palace


London’s Metropolitan Police arrested a man and put cordons in place around Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace residence on Monday after a suspicious vehicle was stopped by police nearby.

Police said the man, in his 30s, was arrested on suspicion of a public order offense after a white van which was deemed suspicious was stopped by officers on a road opposite the palace.

“Road closures ad cordons are in place and officers are assessing the vehicle as we speak,” police spokesman said.

Newsmen reports that in August 2017, the police detained a man outside Buckingham Palace for injuring police officers with sword while shouting “Allahu Akbar”, Scotland Yard has said.

The suspect, who is being questioned by counter-terror detectives, is accused of attacking police outside the Queen’s official residence.

Police said they were treating the attack as an act of terrorism and believe the culprit was acting alone, but said they are keeping an “open mind” over his motives.