Man, 22, arrested after climbing Buckingham Palace fence at 2am

The front gates of Buckingham Palace

In September 2013 a security review was launched after an intruder was able to scale a fence and get inside the palace, before being arrested by police.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after climbing over the front gates of Buckingham Palace while the Queen was in residence.

It was nearly 37 years to the day from when Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and made it into The Queen's bedroom in 1982.

The unidentified interloper remains in custody at a central London Police station.

The London-born father-of-four also wandered barefoot through the Palace corridors, drank Prince Charles' wine and urinated in the food bowls of the Queen's corgis.

The palace spokeswoman declined to say whether the Queen had been informed of the incident.

"There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose before the cops arrested him".

A royal source alleged that the intruder was trying to replicate Michael Fagan, who cunningly broke into the monarch's bedroom 37 years ago.

The 22-year-old man is believed to have climbed over the fence from the Buckingham Palace Road side of the building; he was arrested just a few minutes later, according to the BBC. He said he had been there a month before, at which time he had a good look around the palace before stealing a snack of cheese and crackers.


Buckingham Palace is yet to comment on the matter.

Police have said it is not being treated as terrorist-related.

The Sun understands the Queen was the only senior royal sleeping at the Palace because of the refurbishment work going on. What about heat censors and CCTV?

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

"We are all relieved that the doors were locked this time and he wasn't able to get inside where the Queen was".

The 31-year-old schizophrenic then began talking to her about his family problems.

The break-in was one of the most serious security breaches at the palace since 1982, when Michael Fagan evaded guards to get inside the Queen's private chambers while she was still in 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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