Man carrying knives arrested near UK Parliament on suspicion for plotting act of terrorism
A man carrying knives has been arrested near the UK Parliament in London on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.
He was arrested in Parliament St, Westminster, close to Prime Minister Theresa May’s office. Ms May was not at Downing Street at the time.
No one was injured in the incident.
Security has been increased around Parliament after an attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge on March 22, killing four, before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. The attacker, Khalid Masood, was shot dead by police.
Police believe Masood, 52, a British-born Muslim convert with convictions for violence, acted alone.
Police say there has been a surge in knife crimes in London in the past year.
Britain’s official threat level from international terrorism stand at the second-highest level, “severe,” meaning an attack is highly likely.
In a terror attack in Westminster just over one month ago, a man driving a vehicle struck and killed four pedestrians and fatally stabbed a police officer in Westminster.