Armed police arrested a man at the Houses of Parliament who was trying to sneak in a mystery liquid that may have been acid.
In the security scare on Friday armed police seized a man on a tour group who had tried to smuggle a small amount of liquid in a ‘miniature bottle’ with him.
He was arrested in Parliament’s Westminster Hall on suspicion of ‘possession of an article for use in criminal damage’.
There was a considerable security scare on Friday as armed police arrested a man who had tried to smuggle a small amount of mystery liquid with him (File image)
The liquid was in a miniature bottle and may have been ‘acid or an accelerant’, a source told The Sun (File image)
The man was held at a police station in central London on Saturday night while the mystery substance was tested.
Checks were also carried out on the man’s background.
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘He was found to be in possession of a miniature alcohol bottle which was confiscated from him at the search point.
The man was searched at a checkpoint and then taken away from the tour group he was with at Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament
‘Enquiries are ongoing to confirm what the liquid is and why the man had it.
‘The incident is not being treated as terror-related.’
When the bottle was opened ‘it appeared to be like acid or an accelerant,’ a source told The Sun.
Just last week Conservative MP Sir David Amess, 69, was stabbed to death at his Southend West constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
The killing of the second parliamentarian in five years, after Labour MP Jo Cox’s murder in 2016, sparked widespread concern over the safety of British politicians.
Last week the Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed another attack on an MP was deemed likely after intelligence officers upgraded the threat level for politicians to ‘substantial’.
She urged the Commons on Wednesday evening to take the ‘change in risk seriously’ following a review by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which is linked to MI5.
Home Secretary Priti Patel urged the Commons on Wednesday evening to take the ‘change in risk seriously’ following a review by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre linked to MI5
A fresh attack on an MP in the wake of the killing of Sir David Amess (pictured) is deemed likely and as such intelligence officers upgraded the threat level for politicians to ‘substantial’
Priti Patel said counter-terror police would ensure the ‘change is properly reflected in the operational posture’ following the killing of Sir David.
She said: ‘While we do not see any information or intelligence which points to any credible or specific or imminent threat, I must update the House that the threat level facing Members of Parliament is now deemed to be substantial.
‘This is the same level as the current national threat to the United Kingdom as a whole, so I can assure the House that our world-class intelligence and security agencies and counter-terror police will now ensure that this change is properly reflected in the operational posture.’