South London Man attempts Buckingham Palace break in?

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after he climbed over a security fence at Buckingham Palace, police have said.

The man from Croydon, south London, was arrested in the early hours after he was seen by officers who were monitoring CCTV cameras. He was arrested at 04:15 BST within a security perimeter. He did not gain access to the palace.

The Met said the suspected intruder had been drinking and that the incident was not thought to be terrorism related. The force added the man was not armed and no Taser was deployed by officers.

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He is currently being held in a central London police station.

No member of the royal family was in residence.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson declined to comment.

There have been several breaches at the Palace, including last May when a 41-year-old man was arrested after an alarm went off.

Last year two men got on to its roof as part of a protest over fathers’ rights while in 2013, a man scaled a fence and was arrested inside a room which was open to the public during the day.

A more notable breach was in 1982 when Michael Fagan got into the Queen’s bedroom and spent 10 minutes talking to her before she managed to raise the alarm when he asked for a cigarette.


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