Woman Arrested After Trying To Climb Gates At Buckingham Palace
A woman has been taken into custody after she reportedly tried to scale the gates at Buckingham Palace in London. Officers in the area noticed the woman, believed to be in her 30s, trying to get access to the royal grounds before quickly arresting her.
Metropolitan Police has issued a statement saying the matter isn't being treated as terror related.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, the woman can be seen clinging to the black fence while two police officers try and get her free. As she's taken away she yells 'for queen and country' before repeatedly saying 'yeah'.
Dozens of onlookers then cheer and clap as she's eventually placed into a police car.
She's definitely not the first person to try and get past the 21-feet high gates. A man was arrested last year for that exact crime, but he actually managed to get all the way over. The 21-year-old wasn't carrying any weapons and was taken into custody.
That was after a 41-year-old man managed to spend seven minutes inside the royal grounds before guards found him. A 22-year-old man from Croydon also scaled the gates while drunk last year but was also arrested before he could get anywhere near the palace.
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The only person who has successfully broken into Buckingham Palace was Michael Fagan in 1982. He first attempted to get in in June and climbed up a drainpipe but a maid saw him and she called security. He claims he was in the palace for a full 30 minutes, eating cheese and crackers before he was spotted.
Michael Fagan. Credit: PA
The then 33-year-old got in a second time the following month by, again, climbing a drainpipe and getting access through an unlocked window. He eventually made his way into the Queen's bedroom and there were reports he sat on the edge of her bed. However, another story claims the Queen rushed out of the room to call security.
Surprisingly, it wasn't a criminal offence at the time and was treated as a civil wrong. He was charged with theft for drinking a bottle of white wine, but that was later dropped when he underwent a psychiatric evaluation.
He was in a psychiatric hospital for six months before being released.
It wasn't until 2007 when Buckingham Palace became a 'designated site' which fell under Section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, making it a criminal offence to try to get into the grounds.