Buckingham Palace intruder: The famous break ins – who is Michael Fagan, what did he do?

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AN INTRUDER has been arrested after breaking into Buckingham Palace in the early hours of Wednesday morning while the Queen was in the residence. Here are the famous Buckingham Palace break ins – Who is Michael Fagan?

A man has been arrested after climbing over Buckingham Palace’s front gates in the early hours of Wednesday. A palace spokeswoman confirmed the Queen was in residence at the time, but did not say whether the monarch had been informed of the break in. The intruder, aged 22, was held on suspicion of trespass around 2am BST, July 10, by royal officers, the Metropolitan Police said.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of trespass, contrary to section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

“The 22-year-old man was arrested at approximately 02:00hrs on Wednesday, 10 July by officers from the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command after he climbed over the front gates at Buckingham Palace.

“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.”

Buckingham Palace intruder A man broke in to the palace on Wednesday Image GETTY
Buckingham Palace intruder A man broke in to the palace on Wednesday Image GETTY

Buckingham Palace intruder: A man broke in to the palace on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

There are now fears the intruder was attempting to replicate Michael Fagan, who famously entered the Queen’s bedroom in 1982.

A royal insider told The Sun: “There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose for a good few minutes before the cops arrested him.

“He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up.”

The source added there was a “very real fear” the intruder was attempting to copy the break-in from Fagan in 1982.

Buckingham Palace intruder The intruder climbed over the palaces front gates Image GETTY
Buckingham Palace intruder The intruder climbed over the palaces front gates Image GETTY

Buckingham Palace intruder: The intruder climbed over the palace’s front gates (Image: GETTY)

The insider added: “This intruder got into the Palace almost 37 years to the day since Michael Fagan ended up getting inside the Queen’s bedroom.

“There is a genuine theory and very real fear that he could have been launching a copycat operation.

“The police eventually detained him under the mental health act, but they have to ask some serious questions about how he got on and how he had so long to roam free.

“How is it possible all these years later that someone can climb the fence and get right inside the grounds without being stopped immediately?

“What about heat censors and CCTV? The Queen’s safety should be paramount.”

Buckingham Palace intruder The Queen was in residence at the time of both break ins Image GETTY
Buckingham Palace intruder The Queen was in residence at the time of both break ins Image GETTY

Buckingham Palace intruder: The Queen was in residence at the time of both break ins (Image: GETTY)

Fagan’s break in has been branded one of the 20th century’s worst royal security breaches.

At the time of the incident on July 9, 1982, Fagan was 33-years-old, unemployed and had just been left by his wife.

At around 7am on that day Fagan scaled Buckingham Palace’s 14-foot-high (4.3 meter) perimeter wall – topped with revolving spikes and barbed wire – and climbed up a drainpipe before wandering into the Queen’s bedroom at about 7.15am.

Fagan told the Islington Gazette: “There are 700 rooms in the palace and the first one I went in was her bedroom, I was just as shocked as her.

“I was walking bare foot through the palace [he’d lost his shoes on the roof] and there was a woman doing the hoovering. She didn’t say anything. She just looked at me and must have thought I was part of the palace staff.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to ask her and when I got there I was just shaking and so shocked.

Buckingham Palace intruder Michael Fagan famously entered the Queens bedroom in Image NC
Buckingham Palace intruder Michael Fagan famously entered the Queens bedroom in Image NC

Buckingham Palace intruder: Michael Fagan famously entered the Queen’s bedroom in 1982 (Image: NC)

“I didn’t know why I was there. But she’s a human being like anyone else. She’s not accessible, just once a year at Christmas talking about the Commonwealth which doesn’t mean much to most people.

“She said: ‘Just one minute I will get someone’ and ran out of the room.

“The bedroom was alright. It was quite plain, just the usual blankets and duvets. It was smaller than I thought it would be.

“The security should have said I was found in the palace and not in the bedroom, it would have saved a lot of embarrassment.”

He appeared at the Old Bailey but wasn’t charged for trespassing, in part because this would have involved the Queen appearing as a witness.

Fagan was charged with stealing a quantity of wine relating to an incident two nights before when he had broken into the palace without being caught. He was found not guilty.

The first time round he climbed Buckingham Palace’s 14ft wall, shimmied up a drain pip and slipped through an unlocked upper floor window.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK