Armed arrest man outside Parliament after he 'threw petrol on himself'

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Moment 'incredibly brave' police officer sprays fire extinguisher over man who had doused himself with 'petrol' while clutching a lighter outside Parliament Man doused himself in petrol outside Parliament at 10.45am today Police officer soaked him with a fire extinguisher before he set light to liquid  The man's motives are unclear. He was detained under the Mental Health Act  MP who witnessed the incident praised the quick response of officers 

By Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 11:01 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 12:21 BST, 1 October 2019

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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