A MAN has been charged after he was allegedly seen wielding an axe near Buckingham Palace.

Vladyslav Dryhval, 46, was arrested as armed cops swooped on The Mall in London at around 6.30pm on Tuesday.

He has now been charged with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon and a further count of possession of a bladed article.

Dryhval will appear Westminster Magistrates’ Court later this morning.

Private security guards were alerted to reports of a man carrying an axe outside the Palace.

The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic was blocked off in both directions while officers dealt with the incident.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Police previously appealed with anyone who has information on the incident to come forward.

They said in a statement: "Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6041/13APR.

"To remain 100 per cent anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org."

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