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British man jailed for attempted Buckingham Palace break-in

Published on Jan 16, 2014 7:15 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - A man caught armed with a knife trying to break into Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth, was sentenced on Wednesday to 16 months in jail.

David Belmar, 44, appeared in Southwark Crown Court in London having pleaded guilty to trespassing on a protected site last October and in possession of a bladed article. Police said he was arrested trying to enter one of the palace gates.

The Queen was not at the palace at the time.

Belmar, of Haringey, north London, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for possession of a knife and 6 months to run concurrently for trespass.

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