By Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline
Published: 11:01 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 12:21 BST, 1 October 2019
Police sprayed a man with a fire extinguisher outside Parliament today after he attempted to set himself alight with petrol.
The man was just yards from the Old Carriage Gates entrance to the building when he reportedly covered himself in flammable liquid this morning.
Police officers guarding the building quickly hosed him down with fire retardant as the man reached for a lighter.
He was later detained under the Mental Health Act as fire crews hosed down the area to clear any remaining liquid.
Police sprayed a man with a fire extinguisher after he apparently doused himself in petrol
The man was clutching a lighter but was hosed down before he could ignite the liquid
Armed police shouted at pedestrians to keep back as the man held up a lighter
It is unclear what the man's motivations were but police said he is being assessed by medics
The incident unfolded next to a pile of Brexit placards but it is unclear whether the man's actions are linked to any protest
The incident was witnessed by Huw Merriman MP, who praised the quick response of police.
Mr Merriman, who represents Bexhill and Battle, tweeted: 'Man next to me at Parliament's