Man carrying axe near Buckingham Palace arrested

Looking down the The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty Images (file)
Looking down the The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty Images (file)
London police have arrested a man who was carrying an axe on The Mall, a central road which connects Buckingham Palace with Trafalgar Square.

"Police officers were on patrol on The Mall at approximately 18:30 hrs on Tuesday 13 April when they spotted a man carrying an axe," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

"Armed officers were on duty nearby. They attended the scene where the male - believed to be in his 40s - was detained and arrested on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon."

There were no reports of any injuries.

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