Armed police arrest man after he ‘jumps barrier’ at Houses of Parliament

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A man has been arrested at the Houses of Parliament by armed police.

The suspect has been arrested at around 3pm on Wednesday on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site.

Dramatic pictures emerged from the scene on social media show the suspect being pinned to the floor and surrounded by armed police in New Palace Yard.

There was a heavy police presence at the scene as the armed officers dealt with the incident outside Houses of Parliament.

It is not being treated as a terrorist attack.

An onlooker at the scene wrote on Twitter: “Just saw someone climb into Parliament. Quickly tasered and guns immediately drawn. Impressive performance from the police.”

The suspect was later seen in handcuffs was escorted to a police van.

Witnesses said he was shouting about “my rights” while police put him into the back of the van.

A Met police spokesman said: “At around 3pm on Wednesday, 1 December, a man was detained and arrested at Carriage Gates inside the Palace of Westminster on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site.

“Enquiries into the circumstances continue. This is not being treated as a terrorist incident.”

A House of Commons spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident on the Parliamentary estate which is being attended by police and security staff.”

It comes on the same day Boris Johnson faced a grilling at Prime Minister’s Questions.

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