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British man arrested at Windsor Castle detained under Mental Health Act

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Man arrested at Windsor Castle detained under Mental Health Act
Man arrested at Windsor Castle detained under Mental Health Act   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> -A man armed with a crossbow who was arrested after attempting to break into Windsor Castle where Queen Elizabeth was celebrating Christmas is being held under the Mental Health Act, London’s police said on Sunday.</p> <p>The police said the 19-year-old from Southampton in southern England was stopped within moments of him entering the grounds of the castle on Christmas morning and did not break into any buildings.</p> <p>“The man was taken into custody and has undergone a mental health assessment – he has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and remains in the care of medical professionals,” the police said. “Following a search of the man, a crossbow was recovered.”</p> <p>Queen Elizabeth, who has spent much of the <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 pandemic at Windsor Castle, is spending Christmas there with her son, Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla, and other close family.</p> <p>The arrested teenager used a rope ladder to scale a metal fence, according to the Mail on Sunday.</p> <p>Security breaches at royal residences are rare. The most serious one in the queen’s reign happened in 1982, when an intruder climbed a wall to enter Buckingham Palace, her London home, and wandered into a room where she was in bed.</p> <p>The queen made no public appearance on Saturday. In a pre-recorded Christmas message to the nation, she spoke of the loss of her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April aged 99. The couple were married for 73 years.</p> </div>