New security clamp follows ‘stalker’ and bombing ARMED GUARDS WATCH GEORGE SCHOOL
POLICE are guarding Prince George from a hired house near his new school.
Extra armed officers have been drafted in since an alleged stalker targeted the young royal.
“Superfan” Louise Chantry was arrested after being accused of turning up twice in 24 hours at George’s new London school.
The security clampdown has also been deemed necessary in the wake of the Tube bucket bomb attack.
Officers were based inside the guard house – which we are not identifying for security reasons – on George’s first day at school.
They watched him through binoculars as he had fun in the playground with his new pals.
At the time, the police team had no plans to stay there long-term. But after the alleged stalking and the Tube bombing, a source said they had taken up “practically permanent residence” in the building and intend to stay there until George leaves the school.
A security source said: “It is costing a fortune in extra resources and rent for these personal protection officers to live in a home so they can watch over George.
“There was even talk of buying the property, but the owners were not prepared to sell.
“They have settled on an arrangement where they rent a couple of rooms, primarily because one of them gives a perfect vantage point to watch over George when he is playing.”
The royal family’s security bill is picked up by the Metropolitan Police and is believed to be more than £120million every year.
As a future king, George is one of the best protected royals.
Earlier this month, unemployed holistic healer Chantry, 40, was released on bail after she was spotted at George’s £20,000-ayear school.
Neighbours at her former home in Littlehampton, west Sussex, said they believed she had mental health issues and that her marriage failed a year ago. She has also struggled to find work and was fined £100 in June for fraud after racking up unpaid hotel bills.
Scotland Yard chiefs are considering whether further measures are needed to ensure the safety of Prince George at Thomas’s London Day School in Battersea, south-west London.
Experts warned the ageing building, which is on a high street, cannot be turned into a fortress out of consideration for the wellbeing of other pupils.
Tens of thousands of pounds have already been spent on an electronic entrance system, which controls reinforced glass doors. CCTV cameras connected to a facial-recognition system also cover every approach to the school, which can be locked down behind 7ft wroughtiron gates.
A police spokesman said: “We are working with the school to review security.
“Police are part of the protective security arrangements for the Prince.
“The school is responsible for building security on its site.”