Man admits trespassing at Buckingham Palace carrying Stanley knife

Schizophrenic man, 46, admits trespassing at Buckingham Palace while carrying a Stanley knife after sneaking through gates ‘because he needed the toilet’

  • Chorrie Thompson slipped through a gate at the rear of the palace on April 15 
  • The 46-year-old was found to be in possession of a knife when he was searched 
  • He pleaded guilty to trespassing and possessing a locking type craft knife 

A man has admitted to trespassing at Buckingham Palace armed with a Stanley-type knife. 

Chorrie Thompson, 46, slipped through a gate  to the rear of the palace in central London that had been opened to allow a vehicle through on April 15, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. 

Prosecutor Mike Mullin told the court that he had made his way to the Lodge area before being confronted by security staff. 

Thompson, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing a locking type of craft knife and trespassing on a protected site at Westminster Magistrates’ Court

‘He was only in there for 10 to 15 seconds,’ he said. 

‘He [said] he [wanted] to use the toilet and when he was refused permission, he [became] aggressive and [threw] some documents on the floor.’ 

Police were called to the scene, and found Thompson was carrying a Stanley-type carpenters’ knife. 

Thompson, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, pleaded guilty to possessing a locking type of craft knife and trespassing on a protected site. 

The court heard that he has been  in contact with a mental health team in Barnet, north London. 

Thompson was immediately confronted by security when he entered the palace gates 

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring said: ‘This is obviously a serious and significant case given the nature of where he was and the offending that took place.’  

‘I recognise he didn’t produce the knife, it was only found as a result of the search, which was inevitable.’

Thompson, of no fixed address, faces a minimum six-month prison term as a starting point. He was remanded in custody. 

Sentencing has been adjourned until May 28 in order for pre-sentence and psychiatric reports to be prepared. 

The royal residence is recognised as the main home of the monarch

The royal residence is recognised as the home of the monarch, but the Queen has remained in Windsor Castle since the death of Prince Phillip last month. 

It is thought she is making plans to make Windsor Castle her main residence.   

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