New se­cu­rity clamp fol­lows ‘stalker’ and bomb­ing ARMED GUARDS WATCH GE­ORGE SCHOOL

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JOE HIN­TON

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.”

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