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Buckingham Palace intruder 'wanted to see' Queen Elizabeth about benefits

David Belmar reportedly told police that he was unhappy with his health benefits and wanted to discuss them with Queen Elizabeth.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- Authorities arrested a man -- not Prince Andrew this time-- after he tried to enter Buckingham Palace with a knife on Monday.

Palace police tackled David Belmar, a 44-year-old from north London, when they caught him jumping over a vehicle barrier near the staff entrance to Queen Elizabeth's London home. He had a six-inch kitchen knife in his pocket.

Charged with trespassing and possession of a bladed article, Belmar appeared before the Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Prosecutor Edward Aydin said that while in custody, Belmar told police: "I wanted to see the Queen. I'm not happy about my benefits."

Aydin also said that Belmar was taking medication for mental health problems and had a fixation with Queen Elizabeth. He was arrested in 1989 for throwing fireworks onto the palace grounds.

"As you can see he's quite a large man," Aydin said of the incident. "He was rugby tackled to the ground because he wouldn't stop. Police called out on two occasions."

The chief magistrate said that Belmar's past convictions made him "a danger not just to himself but to others."

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