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‘Crossbow’: Armed intruder arrested at Windsor Castle

The man was arrested and is being held on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.The 19-year-old from Southampton in southern England did not enter any buildings and security processes were triggered within moments, Thames Valley Police said in a statement.Police did not reveal what type of weapon the man had but a security source told The Sun: “I’m told the man had a crossbow.”It was alleged the intruder may have used a rope ladder to climb over a spiked fence off the Long Walk, in a publicly accessible area close to apartments used by Her Majesty, around 8.30am on Christmas Day local time.The 95-year-old monarch, who has spent much of the pandemic at Windsor Castle, was celebrating Christmas with her son Prince Charles, his wife Camilla and other close family members.“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon,” Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears said.“Members of the royal family have been informed about the incident. We do not believe there is a wider danger to the public.” The Queen was celebrating Christmas at Windsor Castle in the first year since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Shortly after the incident, senior members of the royal family including Prince Charles and Prince Edward arrived at St George’s Chapel to attend the Christmas Day service. The Queen did not attend and stayed at Windsor Castle.

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