Armed police arrest two ‘terror suspects’ on Pall Mall after reports of men ‘acting suspiciously’ in car near Buckingham Palace
- BREAKING: Police arrest two men aged 34 from East London acting susiciously
- Cops swooped on the suspects on London’s Pall Mall nearby Buckingham Palace
- They are currently in custody with counter-terror cops investigating incident
Police have swooped on two men acting suspiciously in Westminster and taken them into custody on suspicion of planning a terror attack.
Armed cops arrested the men in Pall Mall nearby Buckingahm Palace at around 12.10am as they sat in a car.
The suspects, both aged 34 from East London, were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to the Terrorism Act.
They are currently in custody with counter-terror cops investigating the incident, Scotland Yard confirmed.
Cops swooped on the two suspects on Pall Mall nearby Buckingham Palace (pictured, file photo)
London’s Pall Mall leads along St James’ Park directly to Buckingham Palace (pictured, file photo)
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: ‘Every day, police officers are on patrol across the Capital, watching for suspicious behaviour and stopping people they suspect may be involved in criminality.
‘The public can help us continue to keep London safe by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour to police.’
No firearms were discharged while arresting the two men, but police urged the public to remain vigilant and support suspicious behaviour to the police.
Britain’s terrorism threat level was raised to ‘severe’ last week, meaning an attack is now seen as ‘highly likely’.
The change comes a day after a gunman in Vienna killed four people in a rampage overnight and a week after a Tunisian-born knifeman stabbed two women and a man to death at the Notre-Dame de Nice cathedral in France.
Armed police arrested the pair who were seen to be acting suspiciously in a car in the Westminster area (Pictured: File image of armed police)
Commander Smith added: ‘Following the increase to the UK threat level from terrorism last week – as a precautionary measure in response to recent events in France and Austria – I would like to emphasise that the public should be alert but not alarmed.’
A statement from the Met Police said: ‘At approximately 00.10hrs on Thursday, 12 November, two men seen by police officers to be acting suspiciously in a car in the Westminster area were stopped and arrested on Pall Mall by armed officers.
‘The police officers searched the men and the vehicle.
‘They subsequently arrested the men – two 34-year-olds from east London – on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
‘Both were arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and taken into custody at central London police station, where they remain.’