Met police arrest 25-year-old man after he climbed over wall into Royal Mews next to Buckingham Palace
At 1.25am today, officers at Buckingham Palace responded to a person climbing the wall and entering the Royal Mews.
After a search, a 25-year-old man was detained by officers outside the stables in the Royal Mews, the Met said.
The force said that at no point did the man enter Buckingham Palace or the Palace Gardens.
The man has been arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act for trespassing on a protected site.
Officers took him to a London police station where he still remains in custody.
A man who appears to have witnessed the police response to the incident wrote about it on X, formerly known as Twitter, at just before 2.30am this morning.
He said there was a heavy police presence in at the palace saying that it was ‘surrounded by police officers’ and that a ‘helicopter was circling above’.
Asking if others knew what was happening, he wrote: ‘Anyone know what’s going on at Buckingham Palace right now? Entire perimeter of the palace is surround [sic] by police officers, helicopter circling above.’
He later said more officers started turning up in blue vans and that police were stationed ‘every few yards’ along the walls of the palace gardens.
At 6.50am he wrote: ‘More officers started turning up in blue vans with Territorial Support Group on the sides and started deploying officers every few yards along the walls of the gardens etc.
‘When I got back 3 hours later it was business as usual.’