Gunman arrested after breaking into Windsor Castle grounds

A gunman has been arrested after breaking into the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.

Officers from Thames Valley Police (TVP) and Metropolitan Police responded to a security breach around 8.30am in the grounds of Berkshire Castle where the Queen is staying.

TVP said a 19-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of breaching or trespassing at a secure site and possession of an offensive weapon.

The man, who is in custody, was not in any building on the estate and “security processes were triggered moments after the man entered the grounds,” police said.

Queen Elizabeth is spending Christmas Day at Windsor Castle and was due to have lunch with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Charles, Camilla, Edward and Sophie, along with their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, attended a church service in St George’s Chapel in the castle grounds at 10.45am on Christmas morning.

TVP Superintendent Rebecca Mears said: ‘An investigation is ongoing following this incident and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police.

“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breaching or trespassing at a secure site and possessing an offensive weapon.

“He remains in custody at this time.

“We can confirm that security processes were triggered moments after the man entered the grounds and did not enter any buildings.

“Members of the Royal Family have been informed of the incident.

“We don’t believe there is a wider danger to the public.” – Sound system