Armed police arrested a man inparliament after heattempted to scalethe scaffolding around Big Ben’s tower.
Witnesses at the scene said the man hadtried to gain entry to New Palace Yard by climbingthe Elizabeth Tower, where major renovation work is ongoing to repair Big Ben’s clock face.
The incident took placejust yards away from where terroristKhalid Masood rammed his car into the railings during the Westminster Bridge attack last year.
The Commons authorities declined to comment and referred allinquiries to the Metropolitan Police.
A Met Police spokesman said:”Police have dealt with a man climbing on the scaffolding at the palace of Westminster.
“Officers were called at 11.32pmon Wednesday, 30 May to reports of a man acting suspiciously near Carriage Gates, SW1.
“When officers located the man, he climbed over the fence and climbed the scaffolding to the roof of the palace.
“The man was arrested at 12pmfor trespassing on a designated site.”
It comes as severe flooding played havoc with parliamentary phone lines, with MPs forced to resort to email due to exceptionally heavy rainfall in recent days.
A House of Commons spokesman said: “Due to severe flooding, there are intermittent faults on a number of telephone lines on the estate.
“We are working to restore connectivity as soon as possible.”
MPsand peers have backed a major refurbishment project for the Palace of Westminster after the building has been plagued with fires, bed bugs and faulty wiring.