Unwelcome visitor at Buckingham Palace ⁠- man arrested for breaching gates

Bessie Dean
July 13, 2019

"Officers quickly established that he wasn't carrying any weapons and the incident isn't terror related". Additionally, the incident is not being treated as terrorist-related, the police said.

In line with protocol, the would-be crook knew the Queen was home due to a Union Jack flag flying high above the palace, although it's believed Prince Philip was elsewhere at the time.

Police had not indicated whether the breach would prompt a security review, according to The Guardian.

The man remains in custody at a nearby police station in central London.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after climbing over the front gates of Buckingham Palace while the Queen was in residence.

There were apparently fears the man was attempting a copycat operation to Michael Fagan who famously broke into the Queen's bedroom nearly 37 years ago to the day.

According to ITV reporter Jonathan Swain, the man was able to climb the gates and bypass heat sensors, CCTV and armed guards to gain access to the grounds of the palace.

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A man breached Buckingham Palace security in the early hours of Wednesday morning while the queen slept inside.

Fagan scaled a palace drainpipe to enter the queen's bedroom and sat chatting with her for 10 minutes before she was able to summon help.

There is a real fear among royal insiders that Wednesday's break-in was a copycat operation of Fagan's.

"How is it possible all these years later that someone can climb the fence and get right inside the grounds without being stopped immediately?" the source told The Sun.

"He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up". "The Queen's safety should be paramount".

As the 31-year-old schizophrenic began to tell his monarch about his family problems, she pushed the panic button by her bed but got no response.

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