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Windsor Castle intruder detained under mental health law, police say

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Windsor Castle intruder detained under mental health law, police say

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According to the statement, a crossbow was recovered following a search of the intruder.

“The man has been taken into custody and has undergone a mental health assessment – he has since been severed under the Mental Health Act and remains in the custody of medical professionals,” the said. police.

“The investigations into the full circumstances of this incident are underway by the specialized operations of the metropolitan police,” the statement added.

The man did not enter any building, officials said.

The Queen, 95, was celebrating Christmas at Windsor Castle after making the decision not to travel to Sandringham, her usual Christmas destination, due to the pandemic. She was accompanied to Windsor by her son, Prince Charles, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Although not common, intrusions into royal palaces do occur occasionally. Perhaps the most famous incident dates back to 1982 when a man named Michael Fagan, who was 31 at the time, scaled a wall in Buckingham Palace, crawled through an open window and walked over. directed to the bedroom of Queen Elizabeth II, who was sleeping.

The Queen was not injured, although the intrusion raised serious questions about the safety of the palace, particularly when it emerged that her repeated attempts to seek help had been ignored.

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