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Man held after climbing Buckingham Palace fence

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A 22-year-old man has been arrested after he climbed over a security fence at Buckingham Palace, police have said.

The man from Croydon, south London, was arrested in the early hours after he was seen by officers who were monitoring CCTV cameras.

He was arrested at 04:15 BST within a security perimeter. He did not gain access to the palace.

The Met said the suspected intruder had been drinking and that the incident was not thought to be terrorism related.

The force added the man was not armed and no Taser was deployed by officers.

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Image caption Michael Fagan broke into the Palace in 1982 and spent 10 minutes chatting to the Queen

He is currently being held in a central London police station.

No member of the royal family was in residence.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson declined to comment.

There have been several breaches at the Palace, including in May when a 41-year-old man was arrested in the grounds after an alarm went off.

Last year two men got on to the roof of the Queen's Gallery, close to the palace, as part of a protest over fathers' rights while in 2013, a man scaled a fence and was arrested inside a room which was open to the public during the day.

A more notable breach was in 1982 when Michael Fagan got into the Queen's bedroom and spent 10 minutes talking to her before she managed to raise the alarm when he asked for a cigarette.

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