Man Arrested For Scaling Walls Of Buckingham Palace
A man has been arrested at Buckingham Palace after scaling a perimeter wall, police have said.
The 41-year-old, who hasn't been identified, was found in the grounds by officers after an alarm was activated. He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site.
Head of the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection, Commander Adrian Usher said: "I am content that our security measures worked effectively on this occasion and at no time was any individual at risk."
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "We never comment on security, which is a matter for police."
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who were at home in the palace on last night following a routine State Opening of Parliament, have been told about the incident.
The Queen is due to appear at a garden party at the palace today.
This is not the first time someone has trespassed the palace.
In 1982, a man named Michael Fagan got into the Queen's bedroom and spent 10 minutes chatting to her before she managed to raise the alarm when he asked for a cigarette.
In September 2013, a 41-year-old man managed to get into the building itself and was found in a room open to the public during that day.
The last incident before Wednesday night's was in November last year when fathers' rights campaigners used a ladder to climb on the roof of the Queen's Gallery, spending up to eight hours on the building.
Can you blame them? It's the ultimate challenge.
Just don't hurt anyone. Ask for a cigarette and leg it when Queen Liz bells the alarm.
Words by Josh Teal