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Man arrested after scaling Buckingham Palace fence

By Margaret Davis

Published 10/08/2016

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after climbing over a security fence at Buckingham Palace.

It is understood that no members of the royal family were in residence at the time.

The man, who had been drinking, was spotted on CCTV and detained at around 4.15am on Tuesday, Scotland Yard said.

He was stopped "within a security perimeter" and did not manage to get into the palace.

The Queen is currently at Balmoral in Scotland.

Scotland Yard said the man was unarmed and was taken into custody at a police station in central London. It is not believed to be related to terrorism.

In May convicted killer Denis Hennessy scaled a perimeter wall and spent around 10 minutes ''admiring'' the Palace gardens before being apprehended by armed police and repeatedly asking: "Is Ma'am in?''

Hennessy, of Barnhill Road, Wembley, north-west London, was jailed for four months at Westminster Magistrates Court for criminal damage and trespassing on royal grounds.

It emerged that he had been jailed for life in 1993 for beating a homeless man to death the previous year. He was held about 50 metres from the Palace after triggering a ''full-scale alert".

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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