A man has been arrested after scaling the front gates at Buckingham Palace in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Metropolitan Police said officers arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of trespass, at approximately 2am.

The statement added that the man was apprehended by officers from the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command after he climbed over the gates at Buckingham Palace.

It continued: “The man was not found in possession of any offensive weapons and the incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.

“He remains in custody at a central London police station.”

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The police statement comes after The Sun reported an intruder was “on the loose” in the palace while the Queen slept.

However it is not known whether the man was arrested inside the palace itself.

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One source told the paper the intruder was “banging down the doors”.

It has sparked concerns the intruder was attempting to copy a break-in by Michael Fagan, who was able to get into the Queen’s bedroom 37 years ago.

Fagan got into the palace on 9 July, 1982, and was able to speak to the Queen for several minutes before her long-time aide came to her rescue.

He was not charged, as at the time it was a civil wrong not a criminal offence, but he was charged with theft of half a bottle of wine which he had drunk on a previous incident in which he claimed to have entered the palace.

The charge was dropped and he spent six months in psychiatric hospital.

Trespassing in Buckingham Palace became an offence in 2007.

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