...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Police Question Man Who Threw Items into Buckingham Palace Grounds
A man is being questioned by police after suspected shotgun cartridges were thrown into the grounds of Buckingham Palace, days before the King’s coronation.
The suspect was detained after approaching the palace’s gates and throwing a number of items, including a knife, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Police carried out a controlled explosion, while cordons were put up in the area.
The incident is being treated as an isolated mental health issue, rather than as a terrorist threat.
Neither the King nor the Queen Consort were at Buckingham Palace when the incident occurred, but Charles hosted the Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an audience at the palace earlier that day.
The items thrown into the palace grounds have been recovered and will undergo specialist examination.
The suspect was also found with a suspicious bag, according to the police.
In the aftermath of the incident, footage showed police cars parked outside the palace, and officers and sniffer dogs patrolling near the gates.
The police found no reports of shots fired or any injuries to officers or members of the public.
The coronation of the King, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, will see a ring of steel put up around Westminster Abbey.
The heads of state and foreign royals from around the world will travel to the UK for the ceremony, and policing minister Chris Philp described it as a “huge policing operation.”
In February, Jaswant Singh Chail, then 21, was caught with a loaded crossbow in the grounds of Windsor Castle, close to the late Queen’s private residence, where she and other members of the royal family were at the time.
Chail admitted a charge under the Treason Act of trying to harm the Queen.
Incidents like these highlight the importance of security measures for high-profile events and prominent individuals.
The police must remain vigilant and prepared to handle unexpected situations that may arise.