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Parliament roof 'trespasser' Braydon Anderson remanded

A man accused of climbing a Palace of Westminster roof has appeared in court charged with criminal damage and trespass on a protected site.

Police negotiators were called to the House of Commons when a man was spotted on the roof at 21:15 GMT on Saturday.

Braydon Anderson, 23, from Northampton, entered no pleas at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

He is accused of causing damage to the property valued at £20,000 worth to repair, during an eight-hour stand-off.

Mr Anderson has been remanded in custody.

Commons Speaker John Bercow said a security report would be published later into how an unauthorised person managed to gain access to the Palace of Westminster roof in spite of the anti-terror barriers, security fences and armed police officers on duty.

A peaceful protest was previously staged on the roof by Plane Stupid protesters in 2008 demonstrating against proposals to expand Heathrow Airport. The former Joint Intelligence Committee chairman Sir Richard Mottram said at the time that security at the House of Commons had been "tightened up" as a result.