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NEWS: Security Breach at Windsor Castle

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posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 07:39 AM
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Britain's "The Sun" newspaper tested security measures at the Queen's residence today, in advance of the upcoming marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Camilla Parker-Bowles. Police guards cheerfully waved the reporter through into the Castle grounds with a large package clearly marked "BOMB".
 



news.bbc.co.uk
Metropolitan Police chief Sir Ian Blair has ordered an inquiry into claims journalists drove a van carrying a fake bomb into Windsor Castle's grounds.

The Sun said the van passed St George's Chapel, where the marriage of Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles will be blessed this Saturday.

The newspaper claimed it breached the castle's £5m security barrier with "breathtaking ease" and got to within a "stone's throw" of the Queen's apartments.


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With security for the event costing British taxpayers over 5 million pounds, there should be some serious questions asked about the ease of this security breach. If a reporter in a rented van with a fake delivery docket can waltz right in, terrorists can do the same.




posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 12:44 PM
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Some more related items on the cost and other security lapses.



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Sally Hannon, chair of Thames Valley Police Authority, said the date change would be costly and she hoped Buckingham Palace would make some contribution.

"What we don't know yet are the additional costs of changing the date of the wedding and I'm sure that when the authority meets later this month it will ask for some support," she said.

"We probably will ask the palace for a contribution because, though we don't know the actual amount yet, it is likely to be large."




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Meanwhile, Windsor Castle staff are investigating how two men entered one of its private areas, days before the wedding.

Scotland Yard said the tourists were detected immediately and taken back to the public area but not arrested.



posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 01:21 PM
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Thats them British for ya. They are great at comedy. Wonder if the box said ACME BOMB.

Imagine the guards asking may I see what kind of bomb you have in that box?



posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 01:45 PM
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In order to make security effective, it must be intrusive, and restrictive. Two things these journalists would scream about and make a negative report on as well.

Eitehr wya they got a story to trash the government and security measures, and even managed to gather good intel on a test security probe. Terrorists will pay lots for the intel.



posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 02:36 PM
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Originally posted by Lanotom
Thats them British for ya. They are great at comedy. Wonder if the box said ACME BOMB.




Actually, I think Acme is an American company. It would more likely say "Ye Olde Bombe", or "This goes bang, in'it."




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