September 23, 2018 / 3:56 PM / 8 months ago

Man who triggered alert at Buckingham Palace had a key ring - police

Armed police patrol the grounds of Buckingham Palace after a man was arrested at the visitor entrance of Britain's Queen Elizabeth's residence in London, Britain, September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - A man, who sparked an alert at the visitors’ entrance to Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace residence on Sunday when he was arrested for being in possession of stun gun, in fact just had a key ring, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

The 38-year-old old tourist from the Netherlands was detained at the palace on Sunday lunchtime after he was found with a “Taser-type device” but was released without charge a few hours later.

“Officers were satisfied that his possession of the device - which was low-powered and part of a key ring – was a genuine error on his part, and that he posed no threat,” police said.

Parts of the palace are open to visitors for 10 weeks each year and the queen is currently on holiday in Scotland.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Michael Holden; Editing by Catherine Evans/Guy Faulconbridge

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