Man arrested in United Kingdom after climbing Buckingham Palace gates

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PALACE PANIC An intruder broke into Buckingham Palace in the early hours of this morning

Cape Town - An intruder wreaked havoc at Buckingham Palace when he breached security in the early hours of the morning and attempted to bang down the palace doors.

"The 22-year-old man was arrested at approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, 10 July, by officers from the Met's royalty and specialist protection command after he climbed over the front gates at Buckingham Palace", a Metropolitan spokeswoman said.

The Sun newspaper reported it had taken four minutes for officers to detain him and in the meantime he had banged on the doors of the 93-year-old queen's home while she was asleep inside.

ITV correspondent Jonathan Swain explained: "Everyone's just thankful that he was not armed and that this was not a terror-related incident".

The man remains in custody at a nearby police station in central London.

The most famous came in 1982, when 33-year-old unemployed British man Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and entered the Queen's bedroom.

Fagan was not charged, as at the time it was a civil wrong not a criminal offence, but he was charged with theft of half a bottle of wine which he had drunk on a previous incident in which he claimed to have entered the palace.

A number of people have been detained in recent years after climbing into the grounds of the palace. He was jailed for four months.

Our royal insider revealed: "There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose for a good few minutes before the cops arrested him". What about heat censors and CCTV?

Another source added: "Everyone knows the Queen was there because the Royal Standard was flying".

The royal source added: "This intruder got into the Palace nearly 37 years to the day since Michael Fagan ended up getting inside the Queen'sbedroom".

"He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up", they said.

Fagan smashed a large glass ashtray and threatened to slash his wrists as he sat on the end of the Queen's bed.

The Queen managed to raise the alarm when Fagan asked for a cigarette, allowing her to call for a footman who held him until police arrived.

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