Kensington incident: ‘Armed’ man shot dead by cops near palace after going into bank


Eyewitnesses reported a huge police presence near Hyde Park in Central London as roads remain closed and footage from the scene shows multiple police cars and a large cordon in place

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Kensington incident: Huge police presence at scene

Armed police shot a man dead this afternoon near Kensington Palace.

Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a man who entered a bank and bookmakers in Marloes Road, Kensington at 3.04pm.

The man was then seen getting into a vehicle and fleeing.

Less than 15 minutes later, armed police stopped a vehicle less than a mile away at Kensington Road and Palace Gate.

Metropolitan Police said shots were fired and despite the best efforts of the emergency services he was pronounced dead at 4.08pm.

Today’s incident is not being treated as terrorism.

The London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended the scene.

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Police have swooped in to a road near Kensington Palace this afternoon
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Police have confirmed today’s incident is not connected to the palace
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Police say they are now working to confirm the man’s identity and inform the next of kin.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Witnesses told MyLondon they thought they saw a paramedic giving chest compressions to one person and that they saw armed police.

Officers confirmed today’s incident is not connected to the palace – the home of Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children.

Footage from the scene shows multiple police cars and a large cordon in place.

One eyewitness told MyLondon: “We were by the gates of Hyde Park as three shots rang out. Two firearms officers over a man.”

Author and journalist Millie Kerr, 40, who lives in the area was coming back from lunch in an Uber when she came to a standstill near the Palace Gate.

She told MyLondon: “I wasn’t there when the incident took place, but I got out of my Uber and started walking.

“I headed through the park and saw what I’m 95 per cent sure was paramedics giving chest compressions to at least one person.

“It was next to a car but I don’t think it looked like a car crash had happened. The helicopter has just left the area in the last five minutes.”

A manager at a spa on Kensington Road said the guests are not allowed to leave the hotel as police told them to stay away from the windows.

The manager, who is not named, told the Evening Standard: “Police came in to see if we are ok and told us to keep our guests away from the windows wherever possible. All our windows are open at the back so to avoid people going out of the main entrance.

“Our guests aren’t allowed out still. We have another entrance and everyone is trying to get on normally.”

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