UK police charge man with knife outside palace

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 5:07 PM

LONDON (AP) — A man with a knife is facing charges after he tried to dart through a gate at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday, police said. The palace said Queen Elizabeth II was not in residence.

Breaches of royal security are rare, but just a month ago police arrested two men over a suspected break-in at the palace.

Metropolitan Police said David Belmar, 44, was charged with trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear in court on Tuesday.

Belmar was apprehended as he tried to run through security at a palace gate that serves both pedestrians and vehicles.

Police — who stressed in a statement that the suspect was apprehended "immediately" — searched him and found a knife.

In September, an intruder was discovered prowling around the palace after scaling a fence, and an alleged accomplice was also arrested.

That was judged to be one of the most serious incidents since a man managed to sneak into the queen's private chambers in 1982.

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