A male who was allegedly in possession of a firearm has been detained by armed officers outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
ARV Crews were sent to the location after an “armed man” was seen with what is believed to be a gun.
Images shared by witnesses on social media appeared to show an entrance to the cathedral grounds cordoned off by police as they questioned a man.
Police have said that there is no indication that the incident is related to possible terrorism offences.
A spokesperson for City of London Police confirmed:
“Following reports of an armed man at St Paul’s Cathedral, we can confirm we’ve arrested a man who we believe to be in possession of a firearm at 12.05pm today”.
“He was detained behind One New Change by armed officers. There is no indication this incident is terror-related at this time.”
The incident comes on the day when thousands of people have gathered in London to protest about Brexit.
A spokesperson for St Paul’s Cathedral said:
“Following the arrest of a man believed to be in possession of a firearm, the Cathedral will remain open as usual and there will be additional security staff on duty and increased security screening in place”.
Just after 16:00 hours, City of London Police confirmed:
“Officers from both the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police attended a domestic-related incident this morning at 08:30 on Curtain Road (EC2A).
“This was following a report of man in possession of a firearm.
“An investigation began immediately to locate this individual. We are now confident the man arrested at St Paul’s this afternoon is the same individual.
“He currently remains in police custody and officers are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incidents”.
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