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Man apprehended on Parliament Hill carrying concealed knife: RCMP

RCMP say they apprehended a man carrying a concealed knife on Parliament Hill on Nov. 17, 2015.
RCMP say they apprehended a man carrying a concealed knife on Parliament Hill on Nov. 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick

A man carrying a concealed knife was arrested Tuesday on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, police say.

“I can confirm that Parliament Protective Services (PPS) apprehended a male carrying a concealed knife by the Centre Block, and the male is currently in custody,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Valerie Thibodeau.

Thibodeau did not give the man’s age or name or describe the knife.

The Centre Block is the main building of Canada’s Parliament. It houses the Senate, House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. Free tours are available to the public daily; all visitors are required to go through security screening.

It is unclear if the man was on a tour and whether he’d been through the screening process.

The man remains in RCMP custody. The investigation is ongoing.

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The PPS unit, which reports to the RCMP, was established earlier this year and is responsible for all Parliamentary security. Creation of the PPS was largely triggered by the attack on Parliament Hill in October 2014.

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