Olympic Torch 'almost snatched' during relay in Kent

The Olympic Torch almost took an unscheduled detour today when a spectator broke away from the crowd and appeared to try and snatch it.

Video taken by one of the hundreds of people who lined the route in Gravesend in Kent shows how the Torchbearer struggles to hold on to it as security guards surround her.

Security guards surround the Olympic Torch
Security guards surround the Olympic Torch Credit: Jessica Effy/YouTube

The images appear to show a man waiting next to a car before running towards the flame as it passes him.

In a statement Kent Police said:

At around 9.55am today, Friday, 20 July, a man apparently attempted to take the Olympic Flame from a Torchbearer in Rochester Road. The man, who is from Gravesend, was arrested within seconds and is now in the custody of Kent Police.

No one was injured and the torch continued its journey without delay.

You can watch the video in full at ITV Meridian.