Overnight the weapon which was first described as a 'sword', then was played down as a mere 'knife' is now being described as a 'large bladed weapon', so NOT something a normal person might carry for trimming knitting yarn or peeling fruit. And there is also confirmation that he has been arrested under the terrorism legislation.
Counter-terror police are investigating after two police officers were injured while arresting a man with a knife outside Buckingham Palace.
Officers saw a "large bladed weapon" in the man's car when it stopped near the palace on Friday evening.
Detective Superintendent Guy Collings later added: “A man in his mid-twenties has been arrested by police after they spotted a weapon inside his car. The quick and brave actions of both officers meant that the suspect was detained very quickly. No members of the public had any interaction with this individual at the scene. He will now be questioned by detectives in police custody. It is too early in this investigation to speculate any further.”
Social media users first suggested that the knifeman had been carrying a sword – while others thought he was holding a machete.