Clamping trial after Queen's Portsmouth visit
Friday 19 August 2011
A man is to stand trial today for charges relating to clamping two unmarked police cars as an officer allegedly sat inside carrying out security duties during a visit by the Queen.
The incident happened as the Queen made an unannounced visit to Portsmouth, Hampshire, to have lunch on a luxury yacht on Wednesday May 25.
An officer was allegedly sitting in one of the unmarked cars at the Gunwharf Quays marina retail complex when the vehicles were targeted.
The clamper, Gareth Andrews, 39, of Privett Road, Fareham, was arrested and charged with wilfully obstructing a police constable in the execution of his duty.
He was also charged with contravening the Private Security Industry Act by not displaying the appropriate licensing badge.
Andrews, of Shoal Enforcement, pleaded not guilty to both charges at a previous hearing and the trial is to take place at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court.
Shoppers at Gunwharf Quays were taken by surprise when word spread that the Queen had arrived at the centre and a small crowd gathered to greet her.
It is understood the Queen had arranged to have lunch with NCP car park boss Sir Donald Gosling on board his yacht, Leander.
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