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Man arrested following assault on officer outside Parliament

News   •   Jul 08, 2021 17:30 BST

A man has been arrested following an incident outside the Houses of Parliament.

Shortly after 15:30hrs on Thursday, 8 July, a 41-year-old man approached St Stephen’s Gate, Westminster.

The man was known to officers, having been given words of advice on previous occasions – including earlier the same day – for causing a verbal nuisance in the vicinity of Parliament.

On this occasion, he punched a police officer who was on duty outside. He did not try to gain entry to the building.

The officer was not seriously injured and the man was restrained on the ground.

He was arrested for assaulting an emergency worker and taken to a central London police station where he remains.

The incident is not being treated as terrorism.