Intruder wanted 'to see Queen'

A court heard today how a man armed with a six-inch kitchen knife was rugby-tackled to the ground by police outside Buckingham Palace after jumping over a barrier to try and see the Queen.

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Buckingham Palace intruder 'wanted to draw publicity'

Robert Katz, defending in court, denied that David Belmar had a fixation with the Queen or Buckingham Palace. He said Belmar had been on incapacity benefit for the past 10 years but that it was stopped after he was assessed in September:

He became very upset by that decision and he didn't know how he was going to cope

He added that Belmar did not brandish the knife and was not going to use it, but that he had:

Wanted to draw publicity to what had happened to him.

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