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.
‘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.