Visitor to parliament sparks fear of acid attack after being caught introducing mysterious liquid while police launched probe
- Armed police arrested a man suspected of carrying acid in the Houses of Parliament
- The man tried to smuggle in the mysterious liquid in a ‘miniature bottle’ on Friday
- He was seized during a tour of Westminster Hall and held overnight by the police
Armed police arrested a man near the Houses of Parliament who attempted to sneak into a mysterious liquid that may have been acidic.
At the security checkpoint on Friday, armed police seized a man from a tour group who had attempted to smuggle a small amount of liquid in a ‘miniature vial’ with him.
He was arrested in Parliament’s Westminster Hall on suspicion of ‘possession of an article for use in criminal harm’.
There was a significant security threat on Friday when armed police arrested a man who had attempted to smuggle a small amount of mysterious liquid with him (File image)
The liquid was contained in a miniature bottle and may have been “acidic or an accelerator,” a source told The Sun (File image)
The man was held at a police station in central London on Saturday night while the mysterious substance was tested.
The man’s background has also been investigated.
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘He was found to be in possession of a miniature alcohol bottle which was seized 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
“We are investigating 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 looked like acid or an accelerator,” a source told The Sun.
Last week, Conservative MP Sir David Amess, 69, was stabbed to death in his Southend West constituency in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
The murder of the second MP in five years, following the assassination of Labor MP Jo Cox in 2016, sparked widespread security concerns for British politicians.
Last week, Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that another attack on an MP was deemed likely after intelligence officers upgraded the threat level to politicians to “substantial.”
She urged the Commons on Wednesday evening to take the “change in risk seriously” following an assessment by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which is linked to MI5.
Home Secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday evening urged the House of Commons to take the ‘change in risk seriously’ following an assessment by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center linked to MI5
Another attack on a MP in the wake of Sir David Amess’s murder (pictured) is deemed likely, which is why intelligence officers have raised the threat level to politicians to ‘substantial’
Priti Patel said counter-terror police would ensure that the “change is well reflected in operational attitudes” following Sir David’s assassination.
She said: “While we are not seeing any information or information pointing to a credible or specific or imminent threat, I must point out to the House that the level of threat faced by MPs is now considered substantial.
“This is the same level as the current national threat to the UK as a whole, so I can assure the House that our world-class intelligence and security services and counter-terrorism police will now ensure that this change is properly reflected in operational stance.” .’