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London: British police arrested a man outside Buckingham Palace for throwing what they believe were shotgun cartridges, and officers also carried out a controlled explosion in the area, days ahead of King Charles’ coronation ceremony.
Police said the man had approached Buckingham Palace gates and thrown items, suspected to be shotgun cartridges, into the palace grounds before officers detained him around 7pm Tuesday (4am Wednesday AEST).
The scene outside Buckingham Palace after the man was arrested.Credit: Getty Images
“The man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon after he was searched and a knife was found,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in an updated statement.
The statement said police were not treating the matter as related to terrorism.
“Officers quickly detained the man at around 19:00hrs on Tuesday, 2 May (4am Wednesday AEST) after he approached the gates of Buckingham Palace … and threw a number of items – suspected to be shotgun cartridges – into the Palace grounds.”
The arrest comes as police and security services prepare for King Charles’ coronation on Saturday. Large crowds are expected to line the streets of London and world leaders have been invited to attend the formal coronation ceremony.
Buckingham Palace said neither the King nor his wife Camilla were at the palace at the time of the incident. The incident occurred hours after Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had a private audience with Charles at the palace.
The statement said specialists had conducted a controlled explosion as a precaution. Cordons had been put in place after the man was found to have a suspicious bag, but were later removed.
“There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries to officers or members of the public,” Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald said.
In 2016, an unarmed man was arrested on the grounds of Buckingham Palace after scaling a perimeter wall. In 2021, another man was arrested at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day wearing a mask and holding a crossbow.
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