Police arrest protester after lighting fire outside Buckingham Palace | UK | News

Footage has shown the moment the protester is tackled to the ground after lighting a fire outside Buckingham Palace. The suspect is pushed up against the front gate fence of the London estate by a police officer before the pair struggle to the ground.

The police officer then manages to restrain the suspect before a second officer joins to help with the arrest. The motivations behind the fire are not yet known. 

The Met Police said in a statement: “Shortly after 22.08hrs on Tuesday, 20 December, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage after a small fire was seen near the Buckingham Palace gates.

“The man has been taken into custody. The fire has been extinguished.”

Earlier this year, 25 Just Stop Oil protesters were arrested for blocking off The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace in central London.

According to the reports, the activists started sitting in the road wearing orange high-visibility jackets and holding Just Stop Oil banners, blocking traffic in both directions – with some of them glued together or to the tarmac.

The disruption lasted for two hours and 15 minutes, with the police taking more than an hour to make an arrest.

At least 40 officers and 10 police vehicles were sent to the scene.

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