A man tackled by police near Buckingham Palace last night was armed with a 4ft sword and repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” – God is greatest – during the struggle, Scotland Yard has said. The force has revealed the suspect drove a blue Toyota Prius “deliberately” at a marked patrol car before being confronted by officers.
He then reached for the weapon in the passenger footwell, police said. CS gas was used during the arrest, in which three officers were injured. The 26-year-old from Luton is being held at a central London police station and a terror investigation is under way. Initially detained on suspicion of assault and grievous bodily harm, he was subsequently arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000.
The incident happened in Constitution Hill, in a restricted area close to the Royal residence, shortly after 8.30pm on Friday. Commander Dean Haydon, of the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism branch, said the suspect “deliberately drove at a marked police vehicle and stopped in front of it”. Mr Haydon praised the bravery and courage of the injured officers in “quickly bringing the incident under control”.