By John Ensor • 02 May 2023 • 22:32
Buckingham Palace on HIGH ALERT as police arrest man over shotgun cartridges
UPDATE: Thursday, May 4 at 01:45 am
The man has been identified as 60-year-old, David Huber, who allegedly travelled from his home in Cumbria for the coronation this Saturday, May 6, according to The Mail Online.
Scotland Yard has issued more information regarding the security scare. Spokesperson Ade Adelekan said at around 7.15 pm on Tuesday, May 2, the man asked police if he could see a soldier. Officers responded by saying that it was not possible, whereupon the man started to throw shotgun cartridges over the gates of Buckingham Palace.
Reports indicate that he was found in possession of a lock knife and was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and ammunition.
While police were detaining the suspect he allegedly told police that they should handle his rucksack carefully, as a precaution officers carried out a controlled explosion on the bag.
Insiders confirmed that neither the King nor Queen was in residence at Buckingham Palace while the incident took place.
The suspect has been assessed for mental health issues and has been cleared for questioning. The incident is not being treated as terror-related, Scotland Yard announced.
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 3 at 01:18 am
Following the arrest of a man on Tuesday evening, police and Buckingham Palace have issued further details about the incident.
A man was arrested after allegedly throwing shotgun cartridges into the palace grounds, he was found to be in possession of a knife, but officers stressed there was no gun, according to Sky News.
Police also confiscated a suspicious-looking bag and performed a controlled explosion outside the palace. Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the man has been detained on suspicion of the possession of an offensive weapon.
The incident is said to be a mental health issue and is not terror-related. Police have deemed the area to be safe and have removed the safety cordons.
The Palace has also confirmed that neither the King nor the Queen Consort was present when the incident took place at around 7 pm.
Tuesday, May 2 at 10:32 pm
A man has been arrested by police for throwing shotgun cartridges into the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
The episode happened at 7 pm this Tuesday evening, May 2, amid preparations for the King’s coronation this weekend, according to The Sun.
An area has been cordoned off by security while the incident is being investigated by police.
The unnamed man was also in possession of a suspicious bag, the contents of which are now under specialist examination.
A statement has been issued by a spokesperson for the police, said, ‘Officers quickly detained a man at around 7 pm on Tuesday, May 2, after he approached the gates of Buckingham Palace SW1 and threw a number of items, suspected to be shotgun cartridges, into the Palace grounds.
‘These have been recovered and will be taken for specialist examination. There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries.
‘The man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and will be taken into custody.
‘Cordons are in place after the man was also found to be in possession of a suspicious bag. Specialists are in attendance and will assess the item.’
The coronation of King Charles is not welcomed by everyone, police are already preparing for anti-monarchy protesters, hell-bent on ruining the historic event on Saturday, May 6.
The various forces in charge of security will be keeping a close lookout for terrorist threats, eco-warriors and anarchists who may converge to disrupt the day’s celebrations.
Dai Davies, a former chief of Royal Protection said, ‘the threat is as big as it has been in 50 years.’
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don't already have one. Review our
Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.
When he's not writing for EWN he enjoys gigging in a acoustic duo, looking after their four dogs, four chickens, two cats, and cycling up mountains very slowly.
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.