Sheffield student arrested after Buckingham Palace knife scare

A Chinese student from Sheffield allegedly tried to break into Buckingham Palace with a knife hidden in his shoe.

Tuesday, 16th August 2016, 3:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th August 2016, 4:29 pm

Hang Zhang, aged 25, was reportedly arrested by police at the entrance to the palace at about 2.45pm on Friday.

Zhang was taken to a central London police station and was searched by officers who are said to have found him with a pocket folding knife.

He had initially been arrested on suspicion of trespass but, after a mental health assessment by doctors, was charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

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Yesterday he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to face the allegation and has appeared court again today.

Police said they are not treating the incident as terrorism-related.

The Queen was not believed to have been inside the palace at the time.

Friday’s alleged break-in attempt is the fourth security alert at the Royal home since May this year.

Last Tuesday another man was arrested after a security breach at Buckingham Palace in the early hours of the morning.

The 22-year-old from Croydon was spotted by officers who were watching CCTV.