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Police tackle man doused in petrol near Parliament

Flashpoint: A
policeman hoses
the man down as an
armed officer warns
people to get back

A MAN was tackled by armed police after dousing himself in petrol outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

Witnesses at Old Carriage Gates said a ‘Middle Eastern-looking man’ in a red jacket threw leaflets into the air before reaching into a bag and pouring a two-litre bottle of liquid over himself.

A pro-Brexit protester, who gave his name only as Russell, said he thought the man was pouring water over himself. ‘And then I got the smell of it — petrol. So I said to the group “Right, run, f***ing run!” Apparently the leaflets were something to do with a parking ticket,’ he said.

Detained: The man is held by police at the scene in Old Carriage Gates near Parliament PICTURES: GEORGE CRACKNELL-WRIGHT/LNP

‘Fair play to the coppers, they were here quick. And then one of the coppers came out with a gun and said “Get on the floor” to the man.’

Police said the man was detained under the Mental Health Act.