Woman arrested for trying to climb over gates into Buckingham Palace

Nicola Harley
Woman arrested for trying to climb into Queen's residence. - @rose_k01/Twitter

A woman has been arrested after she was caught trying to climb over the front railings of Buckingham Palace.

Palace guards saw the woman, in her 30s, attempting to scale the railings, close to the front gates, at 5.40pm on Saturday.

Video posted on social media showed a woman being physically restrained on the gilded fence outside the palace by two police officers in front of stunned tourists.

She was detained by officers before she was able to gain access to the palace grounds.

Wearing jeans and a black top, she was helped down from the railings and was then led away, shouting, to a waiting police car.

A woman is detained by police after attempting to climb over the fence at Buckingham Palace. Credit: @rose_k01/Twitter

Scotland Yard has arrested her on suspicion of trespass under Section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, trespass on a designated site and is currently in custody at a central London police station.

The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.

Police vehicle patrol outside Buckingham Palace in London. Credit: REUTERS

The railings are 21 feet high compared to the gates which stretch to 29 feet.

Last year a 21-year-old man was arrested for climbing over a side wall to the palace.

In 2003 retired midwife Lindis Percy, from Leeds, scaled the 21 feet high gates at the front entrance to protest against former US president George Bush staying at the palace during his state visit.

She claimed at the time: "I was amazed at the ease of it."

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