Knifeman who tried to break into Buckingham Palace is jailed

44-year-old David Belmar jumped over a barrier armed with a six inch knife in October last year to complain about his benefits being cut.

Knifeman had a 'fixation' with Buckingham Palace

Sentencing Belmar to 16 months behind bars, Judge Michael Gledhill said that the knifeman had a 'fixation' with Buckingham Palace.

The potential grave danger, either to yourself or others was obvious by what you did.

There are countless other people in exactly the same situation as you following the relatively recent changes to the country's benefit system.

But they don't all arm themselves with knives and go to Buckingham Palace, intending to trespass within the grounds or enter the palace themselves. That is why what you did could be described as a stunt.

Knifeman jailed for Buckingham Palace break in attempt

A knifeman who tried to break into Buckingham Palace to complain about his benefits being cut has been jailed for 16 months. 44-year-old David Belmar jumped over a barrier armed with a six inch knife in October last year.

Aerial view of Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association

Belmar was rugby tackled to the ground by armed police in the palace forecourt. Horrified tourists and their children looked on at the gates. The knife was found hidden inside a plastic bag in his jacket pocket.

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