Buckingham Palace was placed on lockdown after a man allegedly threw suspected shotgun cartridges on the ground outside the gates. A controlled explosion was carried out afterward for which the media crew inside the palace were evacuated.
BBC reported citing the police that the man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. There were no injuries to officers or the public and shots were not fired. The police told the outlet that they are not treating the incident as terror-related, rather it is being treated as an isolated mental health-related incident.
“Officers worked immediately to detain the man and he has been taken into police custody,” Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald said.
“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,” he added.
The arrest drew a lot of attention as it happened just days before the coronation of King Charles III, which will be attended by political leaders and royals around the world. BBC reported that at the time of the incident, King Charles III and the Queen Consort were not at the palace.
The identity of the man was not revealed by the police but they said that the man was in possession of a suspicious bag, which was most likely confiscated by the police.
The BBC also reported that a controlled explosion was carried out immediately after the incident as a precaution after an assessment from specialists. The Mirror and other media outlets reported that the media crew at the palace were asked to leave, before being allowed in immediately after.
The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London. During the ceremony, the King will be crowned alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort. The ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be marked by a number of celebrations, including street parties and an evening concert.