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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. 44-year-old David Belmar from Haringey in north London admitted to trespass at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.
Belmar was watched by a crowd of around 20 tourists as he tried to run through the palace's north gate just before 11.30am on Monday. Edward Aydin, prosecuting, said: "In police custody, he said to police 'I wanted to see the Queen. I'm not happy about my benefits'."
He added that Belmar, who has mental health issues which he is taking medication for, has a fixation with the Queen and received a caution in 1989 for lighting fireworks and throwing them into the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Today's arrest at Buckingham Palace follows a number of security alerts - last month a suspected burglar managed to get into the building after scaling a fence.
He was found at around 10.30pm on 2nd September in a room that had been open to the public during the day.
A second man was arrested outside the Palace on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Less than 48 hours later, amid heightened security, two police officers confronted the Duke of York in the Palace gardens demanding to know who he was.
Scotland Yard issued a public apology to the Duke, which he later accepted.
A man arrested trying to gain entry to Buckingham Palace was arrested at the North-Centre Gate which is used as the everyday entrance to the Palace.
Buckingham Palace said that the Queen was not in the building when the man tried to get in, but would make no further comment.
A man carrying a knife has been arrested trying to enter Buckingham Palace.
A 44-year-old man attempted to enter Buckingham Palace via the north centre gate but was immediately apprehended by police.
The man was searched and found to be in possession of a knife.
He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.