Case dropped against Sheffield man found with knife at Buckingham Palace

A Sheffield man found with a knife at Buckingham Palace has had the case against him dropped.

Friday, 9th December 2016, 8:21 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:33 pm
Sheffield man will not be prosecuted

Hang Zhang, aged 25, who is a chinese national living in Hawley Street in the city centre, was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon in a public place after being found at the main gate of the palace on August 12.

He was later sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

During a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday, prosecutors confirmed the charges against him had been dropped.

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Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot asked if it was due to his 'mental health problems'.

Prosecutor Emily Maunders replied: "Yes, I believe that is the case."

Mr Zhang had previously denied the charges against him during a hearing in October.