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article imageUK: Knife man tasered by police outside Buckingham Palace (Video)

By Robert Myles     Feb 3, 2013 in Crime
London - London’s Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a man was disabled with a taser outside the Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace, in London. The man is reported to have broken through a cordon and held a knife to his throat.
According to Russia Today, police officers discharged a taser stun gun, at 11.55 am local time outside Buckingham Palace today, to disable a man thought to be in his fifties. The man was wielding a knife. The Independent reports he put a knife to his throat to disrupt the changing of the guard ceremony. Police found two knifes at the scene of the incident.
At the time of the taser incident which took place outside the gates at Buckingham Palace, the Queen and Prince Philip were not in residence as they are presently at another Royal residence, Sandringham Palace in Norfolk.
Police are reported to have challenged the man who was acting aggressively outside the palace gates. After being disabled by a taser discharge, the man was arrested and charged with suspicion off causing an affray. Police set up a ‘Do not cross’ police line 30 metres around the palace gates. According to The Guardian, inside the police exclusion zone could be seen two knives with six inch blades, a pair of Nike trainers and a black carrier bag containing paper. The wire from the spent taser could also be seen on the ground.
The Guardian reports an eyewitness, 33 year old Kevin Burrows from Surrey , as saying he saw a man break through the cordon just as the changing of the guard ceremony was about to start. Mr Burrows commented,
“There must have been about 15 police officers on foot who surrounded him once he'd been Tasered . The police saw him really quickly and were obviously cautious. Everybody was standing back when it happened and people were actually quite calm, I think everyone was surprised. They had to divert the procession away from him. I think he was making his way to the guards."
A police spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said,
“A man was seen outside the centre gate in possession of two knives. He was not making threats to members of the public but he was challenged by police. He acted aggressively and a Taser was discharged."
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