The Metropolitan Police has announced a “no-fly zone” could be created around Windsor Castle as security arrangements for the palace are reviewed.
An application for this so-called restricted airspace has been made. If granted, the no-fly zone would prevent aircrafts from flying up to 2,500ft above and 1.5 nautical miles around Windsor Castle.
According to the Metropolitan Police, this order would “further enhance the security at what is an iconic location and keep the community living nearby safe”.
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Despite this increased security, the police have stressed that these plans are not in response to any specific threat or intelligence, but rather form part of an ongoing review into safety and security around the palace.
On Christmas Day, a 19-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail from Southampton was arrested after reportedly scaling the perimeter fence of the Queen’s West London residence.
He was arrested while allegedly in possession of a crossbow at Windsor Castle. The Metropolitan Police said he had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
The Metropolitan Police said: “As part of the Met Police’s responsibilities under the Royal and Specialist Protection Command, the Met is responsible for policing within the footprint of Windsor Castle and we work closely with Thames Valley Police to ensure the castle and the surrounding areas are kept safe and secure.
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“As part of our ongoing review of security arrangements at Windsor Castle, and working in partnership with Thames Valley Police, we applied for a restricted airspace order for up to 2,500ft at a radius of 1.5 nautical miles around Windsor Castle.
“This was not brought about in response to any specific threat or intelligence, but was intended to further enhance the security at what is an iconic location and keep the community living nearby safe.”
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