Major Buckingham Palace alert as police surround man throwing ‘ammunition’

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    A man has been arrested outside Buckingham Palace after “throwing shotgun cartridges” into the Palace grounds, the Metropolitan Police reports.

    Officers quickly detained the man at just after 7pm on Tuesday, 2 May after he approached the gates of Buckingham Palace, SW1 and threw a number of items – suspected to be shotgun cartridges – into the Palace grounds.

    These have been recovered and will be taken for specialist examination. The man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

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    Cordons are in place after the man was also found to be in possession what has been described as "a suspicious bag".

    Specialists attended and following an assessment a controlled explosion was conducted as a precaution.

    Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald, said: “Officers worked immediately to detain the man and he has been taken into police custody.

    “There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries to officers or members of the public.

    “Officers remain at the scene and further enquiries are ongoing.”

    Tents set up for media operations around the coronation have been temporarily evacuated.

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    With the Coronation this weekend, Counter Terror police are on heightened alert.

    A tweet from the Counter Terror Squad read: "Just four days until the Coronation

    "Whether you're planning to head into London, going to a street party or doing something else entirely, make sure you stay alert to your surroundings".

    Members of the public are asked to report any suspicious activity via the squad's website.

    Twitter user @PProsseco reported hearing "explosions" at around the time of the incident – which are likely to have been the detonations of controlled explosions set off by the Bomb Squad.

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