- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

LONDON (AP) - The Latest on the arrest of a man with knives near Britain’s Parliament (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A witness to the arrest by counterterror police of a man near Britain’s Parliament says that he saw several knives on the ground.

Chris Kacyk says that he had just arrived to the area when he saw the suspect “standing with his back toward the public and his face against the wall.”

Kacyk says that the man was “tightly cornered by three heavily armed police officers with machine guns and two undercover detectives.”

He says that he saw several knives - including one very large one - on the ground next to the suspect’s knapsack.

Security has been increased around Parliament after an attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge on March 22, killing four people, before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.

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3:50 p.m.

Police carrying out a counterterrorism investigation swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain’s Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.

London’s Metropolitan Police said the 27-year-old man was stopped and detained Thursday “as part of an ongoing operation” by the department’s counterterrorism unit.

The department says knives were recovered during the operation.

It said the man was being held at a London police station on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Police said that as a result of the arrest, there is “no immediate known threat” to the public.

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3:35 p.m.

British police say a man with knives has been arrested near Parliament on suspicion of terrorism.

London’s Metropolitan Police said the man in his late 20s was arrested Thursday “as part of an ongoing operation.”

Knives have been recovered.

Police said the man is being detained under the Terrorism Act and held at a London police station.

They say there is “no immediate known threat” to the public.

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3:10 p.m.

London police arrested a man for possession of weapons Thursday near Britain’s Houses of Parliament.

The Metropolitan Police force said no one was injured in the incident, which brought armed police flooding into the area around Parliament.

Witnesses reported seeing armed police blocking off Whitehall, a street lined with government buildings, and a man on the ground.

A photo showed a forensic officer looking at a black bag and what appeared to be two knives on the ground.

Security has been increased around Parliament after an attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge on March 22, killing four people, before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. The attacker, Khalid Masood, was shot dead by police.

Thursday is Parliament’s last sitting day before Britain’s June 8 election.

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2:55 p.m.

London police say they have arrested a man for possession of weapons near Britain’s Houses of Parliament.

The Metropolitan Police force said the incident that unfolded Thursday is over and no one has been injured.

Witnesses reported seeing armed police blocking off Whitehall, a street lined with government buildings, and a man on the ground.

Security has been increased around Parliament after an attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge on March 22 before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. The attacker was shot dead by police.

Thursday is Parliament’s last sitting day before Britain’s June 8 election.

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