Armed man tasered near Buckingham Palace

SYLVIA HUI
Last updated 11:05 04/02/2013
Reuters

Raw footage of British police using a Taser gun on a man with two knives outside Buckingham Palace.

Police used a stun gun to disable this armed man outside Buckingham Palace.
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STUNNED: Police used a stun gun to disable this armed man outside Buckingham Palace.

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Police have used a stun gun to arrest a man armed with knives outside London's Buckingham Palace, as throngs of tourists gathered to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony there.

Scotland Yard said the man, thought to be in his 50s, was spotted carrying two knives outside the central gate of the London tourist landmark. He did not threaten other people at the scene, but when challenged by police he acted aggressively.

Officers used the stun gun on him and took him to a London police station, Scotland Yard said. No one was injured.

The Queen's Guard band played on as he was tackled by police and arrested on suspicion of causing an affray.

A video posted onto YouTube by a witness showed mounted police clearing tourists from the area as the unidentified man put a kitchen knife to his neck and shouted. The man took several swipes with one of his knives at an approaching policeman, who fired the stun gun. The man then fell to the ground and was surrounded by policemen in front of hundreds of onlookers.

Other witnesses said the man had broken through a security cordon and was attempting to walk toward the palace guards when he was stopped by police.

About 15 officers surrounded the man once he'd been subdued, said witness Kevin Burrows, 33. "Everybody was standing back when it happened, and people were actually quite calm. I think everyone was surprised."

Two knives and a pair of trainers were left inside the police cordon. Prayer beads were also found at the scene.

Onlooker Grant Shepherd tweeted: "Crazy man with a knife to his throat just stopped the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace."

The confrontation took place just before noon — a busy time when visitors from around the world flock to the front of the palace to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place every other morning during the winter.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, were not at the palace at the time, and its staff declined to comment about the confrontation.

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