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Arrest after security breach on Christmas Day at Windsor Castle grounds

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A gunman has been arrested after breaking into the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) and Metropolitan Police officers responded to a security breach around 8:30 a.m. on the grounds of Berkshire Castle where the Queen resides.

TVP said a 19-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of trespassing or trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.

The Sunday Mirror said the arrest came after security checkers monitoring CCTV spotted a man carrying what appeared to be a crossbow.

Windsor Castle (Steve Parsons / PA)

According to the Mail on Sunday, sources suggested the man was armed with a crossbow and used a rope ladder to climb a metal fence.

Police have not confirmed what the weapon was and it is unclear exactly where the man was on the ground and how close he approached the castle itself.

The man, who is in custody, was not in any building on the estate and “security processes were triggered moments after the man entered the field,” police said.

The Queen spent Christmas Day at Windsor Castle and was scheduled to have lunch with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Royals attend Christmas Day church service
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive to attend the Christmas morning church service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle (Jonathan Brady / PA)

Charles, Camilla, Edward and Sophie, along with their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, attended a church service in St George’s Chapel in the Castle grounds at 10:45 am on Christmas morning.

TVP Superintendent Rebecca Mears said, “This incident is under investigation and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police.

“The man was arrested on suspicion of an offense or intrusion into a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.

“He remains in detention for the moment.

“We can confirm that the security processes were triggered moments after the man entered the field and did not enter any building.

Royals attend Christmas Day church service
The Countess of Wessex arriving to attend the Christmas morning church service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA)

“Members of the royal family have been informed of the incident.

“We don’t think there is a wider danger to the public.”

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

In May, TVP arrested a 29-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from London, after a report that two intruders were found on the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park in the aftermath. noon on April 25. .

Police said there was no risk to anyone at the site.

Officers were also called to the Duke of York’s home after a woman reportedly broke into his mansion on April 19.

A 43-year-old woman spent 20 minutes on the grounds of the Royal Lodge after telling security guards she was having lunch with the Queen’s son, according to the Sun newspaper.

She then went to the house and was detained after asking a member of staff where she could find the Duke, and told him that she was his fiancee and had come to marry him, reported the newspaper.

The article claimed the woman arrived in Windsor by taxi and even persuaded the Duke’s security guards to pay for her ticket.

It is not known if Andrew was in the house he shares with his former wife Sarah, the Duchess of York.

TVP said the woman was arrested and then severed under section 136 of the Mental Health Act, but there was no risk to anyone at the site.


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