07 April 2005


Sun reporter takes fake bomb into Windsor Castle

Press Association
Thursday April 7, 2005

Police are investigating another security breach at Windsor Castle after a Sun journalist drove a van containing a fake bomb close to the Queen's apartments just days before the royal wedding blessing.

Sun journalist Alex Peake drove past the chapel where the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles are due to be blessed on Saturday, the newspaper said in a front page story titled "Gatecrasher in the Castle".

The newspaper said Mr Peake and photographer Gary Stone posed as delivery drivers.

Their hired van carried a brown box that had been clearly marked with the word "bomb".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "This apparent breach of security at Windsor Castle in the run-up to the royal wedding properly raises serious concern.

"It is only right that the facts are established before any action is taken against any person who may be culpable."

The statement added: "The commissioner has ordered an immediate inquiry to establish these facts."

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said: "Security is a matter for the police who have been asked to investigate."

The news came after it emerged on Tuesday that two intruders broke into the private area of Windsor Castle on April 3.

Self-styled comedy terrorist Aaron Barschak was involved in another high-profile security breach when he gatecrashed Prince William's 21st birthday party in 2003.

The paper has also breached security in parliament smuggling a fake bomb into the House of Commons last year.

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