Man in court over palace incident

Andover Advertiser: A crime officer documents evidence between the Queen Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace where police subdued a suspect A crime officer documents evidence between the Queen Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace where police subdued a suspect

A 54-year-old man who was Tasered outside Buckingham Palace after allegedly holding a knife to his own throat has appeared in court.

Talhat Rehman was said to have been ranting and shouting at the palace, where hundreds of tourists had gathered on Sunday for the midday changing of the guard ceremony.

He is alleged to have pressed a second knife, a six-inch blade, to his chest while clutching a set of beads before a police officer restrained him with the Taser.

Rehman was surrounded and the weapons kicked out of harm's way before officers checked him over.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were not at Buckingham Palace at the time, as they were staying at Sandringham.

Rehman, of Lindsay Drive, Harrow, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London to face charges of affray and two counts of possessing a bladed weapon in public.

Wearing a dark grey long-sleeved top and black trousers, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during the brief hearing.

District Judge Quentin Purdy adjourned the case until 2pm on Tuesday.

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