31/01/2007

Intruder breaks into Prince Charles' home

An intruder armed with a pitchfork has been arrested after breaking into the grounds of Prince Charles' country home in Gloucestershire.

According to reports, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were asleep inside Highgrove when the intruder evaded security and entered the grounds.

Gloucestershire Police confirmed that a 55-year-old man from Bristol had been arrested for trespass around 4am on Monday.

Inspector Tony Rymer of Gloucestershire Police said: "He was detained within the grounds and did not get into any of the buildings."

The man was questioned at Stroud police station and released on bail until March 26.

A spokesperson for Clarence House said: "This is a police matter and it is for the police to make a comment."

(KMcA/EF)


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