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Police have arrested a 21-year-old man as he dropped to the ground after he scaled the south gate at Buckingham Palace.

Officers arrested him as soon as he climbed over the gate at 13.45 today.

A statement from the Metropolitan police said: “Shortly before 13.45 hours on Friday, police at Buckingham Palace were alerted to a man climbing over the south gate.

“As he dropped to the ground he was met by officers and arrested for trespassing on a designated site. He was not found in possession of any offensive weapons.

“The 21-year-old man was taken into custody and will undergo a mental health assessment.”

No members of the Royal Family were in residence at the time of the security breach.

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