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Man said ‘I want to see the Queen’ after ‘trespassing into Buckingham Palace’

An alleged intruder caught trespassing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace told security teams he wanted to “meet The Queen”, a court heard.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told Connor Attridge slipped through the vehicle gate of the Royal Mews when it opened for another car in May.

The 28-year-old is said to have refused to stop when challenged by a worker and breached the palace boundary by up to five metres.

He was ushered out and arrested after saying: ‘I want to come in. I want to see the Queen.’

Attridge, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, has a facial tattoo treading “truly blessed,” appeared at the court today charged with trespassing on a protected site.

The alleged offence is said to have taken place days before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

District Judge Louisa Cieciora entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Attridge and said: “I want to fix the matter in the first instance for trial. To fix it to enable you to get the relevant medical evidence.”

Shusmita Deb, defending, told the court: “He suffers from significant mental health issues. His father said he suffers from two types of psychotic disorders. PTSD, Social Personality Disorder, schizophrenia and split personality disorder.

“He’s on significant medication. He lives in Eastbourne and they have travelled far to get here. His father has spent £149 in train travel to get here.

“The question of whether it is of public interest to continue the prosecution must be raised.”

Luke Staton, prosecuting, said: “My reviewing solicitors will be reviewing the case.”

The judge set a case management hearing on 1 September and fixed his trial date for 19 October.

She added: “The defendant has a mental disorder and hospital arrangements have been made.”

Attridge has been granted bail with conditions, including a curfew monitored by electronic tag and exclusion from London, except for when he is attending court.

Earlier this year an intruder reportedly spent the night at barracks with Royal Guardsmen who protect the Queen .

A major investigation was launched after police were alerted over the trespasser yards from Windsor Castle.

The Queen was at Sandringham for Easter at the time.

Soldiers were approached at the gate by the man reportedly pretending to be a priest.

He allegedly spent the night eating and drinking in the officers’ mess before being offered a bed for the night despite having no identification.

It was claimed the man reportedly pretended to soldiers he was a friend of the padre to the Coldstream Guards during the incident at Victoria Barracks last Tuesday evening.