The man, who is believed to be in his 30s, was wearing a cap and sunglasses, with his left hand attached to the gates as officers spoke to him from a distance.
Friday 7 July 2023 07:30, UK
A man who handcuffed himself to the gates of Buckingham Palace and threatened to harm himself has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
Police said the man, believed to be in his 30s, approached the gates at around 5.23pm on Thursday.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said he had sustained “a number of self-inflicted slash injuries”.
Officers spoke to him to “bring the situation to a swift conclusion to ensure his safety and welfare”.
The London Ambulance Service was also called to the scene.
Police said on Friday the man was taken to a south London hospital to be assessed before being taken into custody.