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article imageBuckingham Palace: 44-year-old knife-carrying intruder held

By Mike White     Oct 14, 2013 in World
London - Scotland Yard reported a 44-year-old man who tried to enter Buckingham Palace while he carried a knife was arrested today. The man allegedly attempted to enter through the palace's north centre gate at about 11:30 but was immediately stopped.
BBC reported that Buckingham Palace stated the Queen was not at home at the incident.
The police reported the knife was discovered after the man was searched. They added that nobody was injured during the incident.
The north centre gate is the one the most people outside can see (looking from the Victoria Memorial). It is the farthest one to the right and is in everyday use for entrance to the palace.
Last month a man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, criminal damage and trespass. He had allegedly attempted to scale a fence to get into palace.
Another man was arrested outside the palace, also on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Both men are still on police bail.
According to the, a man was Tasered by police after he allegedly ran toward Buckingham Palace while brandishing knives in February.
Talhat Rehman, 55, was arrested after he reportedly held a carving knife to his own throat and demanded the chance to give a letter to the Queen.
Rehman was allowed to receive mental health treatment and spared jail after the incident. He was charged with affray.
According to the, in today's incident policed chased the suspect when he ran through the palace's north gate and dragged him to the ground. The gate is open for vehicles. The police then searched the suspect for a weapon.
The suspect's name has not been given to the media yet. He remains in custody at a police station in London.
Today's incident is the latest in a number of security scares involving the Royal Family, including one in 1982 in which a man entered the private chambers of the Queen Elizabeth while she was still in bed. He talked to her for ten minutes before she was able to summon help.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace declined to comment to the media.
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