aSecurity efforts for the coronation of King Charles III on May 6 are winding down. A 59-year-old man was reportedly arrested outside Buckingham Palace on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
A man allegedly fired shotgun shells onto the palace grounds on Tuesday evening. According to London’s Metropolitan Police, officers detained the man at around 19:00 local time and searched him, finding a knife but no gun.
The area was then cordoned off to allow for a controlled detonation of the discarded items as a precaution. The incident is not being treated as terror-related and the man is believed to have acted in isolation, the Metropolitan Police said.
“There have been no reports of shots fired, officers or members of the public being injured,” said Chief Inspector Joseph MacDonald. statement posted on Twitter. “The police are at the scene, investigations are continuing.”
King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, were not at the palace when they were arrested, but they hosted Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese later that day.
UK Security Secretary Tom Tugendhat hailed the effort as “fantastic police work” in a radio interview with the BBC on Wednesday. He added that a “huge security operation” known as Operation Golden Globe is in place to ensure public safety during the coronation.
Tugendhat also told sky news, “We are by no means complacent. And I’m very, very proud of the police response.” He added: “The intelligence services, the police and others have been working extremely effectively on this for months.” He declined to volunteer an estimate of how much these security measures would cost British taxpayers.
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These events will include the deployment of hundreds of officers along the route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, as well as the deployment of plainclothes officers in the crowd and snipers on rooftops. A no-fly zone will also be implemented in central London, where drones will be banned and barriers will be installed to prevent vehicles from entering the crowd.
The Metropolitan police are also taking extraordinary preventive measures to minimize the risk of terrorist crimes and public disruption. Times reports from London.
Police and mental health officers work together to identify anyone who may be a threat, including the royal maniac. These individuals, people, will be involved and supervised by mental health workers.
In addition, police officers will reportedly visit convicted terrorists and warn them to avoid the public event. They will also use intelligence to track disruptions by environmental protest groups and make pre-emptive arrests of rioters.
Former Met personal protection officer Simon Morgan said Times“Senior members of the British royal family, royal families around the world, major statesmen and heads of state. They are all still coming and the policing plan needs to reflect that.”
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