Palace paraglider arrested

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Armed police arrested a paraglider today after he landed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Armed police arrested a paraglider today after he landed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

The 36-year-old man, thought to be an Australian, circled the building before landing in the area where the changing of the guard ceremony takes place, palace officials said.

A police helicopter had been following the motorised paraglider and the man was detained immediately after landing.

Police sources said the incident was a publicity stunt for a dot.com venture.

A palace spokesman said no members of the Royal Family were in the building at the time.

Today's incident is the second time a flying intruder has breached royal security. In 1994 naked American paraglider Jim Miller landed on the roof of the palace in one of the most bizarre entries into the Queen's London home.

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