An intruder was welcomed into an army barracks near Windsor Castle last week in an “extraordinary security breach”.
A man posing as a priest was reportedly allowed into Coldstream Guards barracks without ID after claiming to be a friend of the priest or the base chaplain Daily Mail described as “one of the most shocking security failures at a British military base in years”.
The fake priest spent the evening of April 26 eating and drinking in the officers’ canteen before reportedly being offered a bed for the night. He “wasn’t upset, even after telling officers he’d been trained as an ejection seat test pilot” or that he’d received internal organ transplants that were “G-force resistant.” The sun reported.
The invader “also boasted about receiving a medal for bravery in the Iraq war,” the newspaper said.
Speaking to TalkTV, a source described the incident as an “extraordinary security breach” and said the man “showed up at the gate in the evening and said his name was Father Cruise and claimed to be a friend of the battalion’s Father Rev Matt Coles”.
The intruder, who the source said was known to local police, is said to have enjoyed “joking” with officers in the bar as he entertained them with made-up stories about serving in Iraq.
The Coldstream Guards are “recognizable by their red jackets and black bearskin hats and have a ceremonial role as protectors of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace,” she explained Sky news.
The Queenwho spent Easter at her residence in Norfolk Sandringham, is said to have returned to Windsor just hours after Thames Valley Police were called to escort the man from the barracks. The breakthrough comes as the police and military arm themselves for the queen Platinum Anniversarywhich will be celebrated next month.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said they received a report of an intruder at Victoria Barracks in Sheet Street, Windsor, on Wednesday morning. They confirmed that “officials were present and removed the intruder from the barracks” and that “no further action was required”. The Department of Defense also said it had launched an urgent investigation into the security breach.
An army spokesman said: “The army takes this security breach very seriously and will be thoroughly investigated as a matter of priority.”
The Coldstream Guards are the British Army’s “longest-serving continuously serving regiment”, according to the Daily Mail, and have a “hard-won reputation” as an “elite force” tasked with defending the Queen. But on this occasion it appears that “their vigilance has been down,” the newspaper said.
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