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No Royal Welcome: Queen Locks the Door on Intruder

February 02, 1987|Associated Press

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II locked the front door of her Sandringham mansion when she saw an intruder rushing toward the building, then watched as a police officer tackled the man, a newspaper reported.

The daily tabloid the Sun said the queen and Queen Mother Elizabeth watched as the man grappled with the officer, swearing, a few feet from the door. It said the man was handcuffed and detained at a psychiatric hospital.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said Sunday night: "The incident was reported fully 10 days ago. They were the facts of the case and we have nothing to add."

On Jan. 24, while the queen was spending her annual New Year holiday at Sandringham, police there reported that a man broke into the grounds two days before and was brought down by a rugby tackle from a police officer.

A spokesman for Norfolk police said no one was available to comment.

In 1982, 30-year-old drifter Michael Fagan penetrated royal security at Buckingham Palace to reach the queen's private suite and sit on her bed talking with her for 10 minutes. He was committed to a top-security mental institution.

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