Sheffield student denies knife offence at Buckingham Palace gates

Buckingham Palace and Queen Victoria Memorial viewed from the Mall
Copyright: David Dixon
Buckingham Palace and Queen Victoria Memorial viewed from the Mall Copyright: David Dixon

A Sheffield student has denied having a folded knife at Buckingham Palace.

Hang Zhang, aged 25, of Hawley Street, city centre, pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, when he appeared at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court via video-link.

Queen Elizabeth II at the gates at Balmoral. Pic: PA

Queen Elizabeth II at the gates at Balmoral. Pic: PA

Zhang, who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, was found at the main gate of the Palace in central London on August 12.

He opted for a trial at the magistrates' court. A date has not yet been fixed.

Chinese national Zhang, is a student at Sheffield University.

He was ordered to next appear at a preliminary hearing on October 26. The venue has yet to be fixed.