Buckingham Palace: Two Men Arrested in BurglaryBy: Lindsay McCane - September 8, 2013
Queen Elizabeth’s London residence, Buckingham Palace, was broken into this week. It was one of the most serious security breaches in over 30 years.
“On Wednesday, 4 September at approximately 1800 hours (1700 GMT) two uniformed officers approached a man in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to verify his identity,” a spokesman for Scotland Yard said. “The man was satisfactorily identified. No weapons were drawn and no force was used.” The spokesman continued saying: “Police arrested two men following an incident in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace at approximately 22.20hrs on Monday, 2 September. One man was arrested for burglary, trespass and criminal damage after scaling a fence at the venue. He was found inside the palace in an area currently open to the public during the day. The second man was arrested for conspiracy to commit burglary outside the palace. Both men have been bailed to return to a central London police station in mid-October and inquiries continue. A review of the specific circumstances of this incident is being carried out.”
Police have said that no members of the royal family were at the palace at the time of the break in. The break in comes shortly after the royal security said that they would be increasing their security measures after the birth of Prince George in July.
This is not the first time that someone has broken or attempted to break into the Queen’s palace. In 1982, Michael Fagan climbed on of the palace’s drainpipes and managed to break into the Queen’s bedroom where she just so happened to be sleeping. It is reported that he sat on her bed and carried on a conversation for 10 minutes before police found him and he was arrested.
Fagan told The Independent on Sunday: “I was loving it… It was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears; I tried one throne and was like ‘this one’s too soft’. I was having a laugh to myself because there was one right next to it, so I tried another. I liked the picture and thought I’d look at it till someone comes, but nobody came.”
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