Woman’s ar­rest at Prince Ge­orge’s school sparks se­cu­rity re­view

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Caro­line Davies

Po­lice are re­view­ing se­cu­rity at Prince’s Ge­orge’s school af­ter a 40-year-old woman was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted bur­glary.

Metropoli­tan po­lice ar­rested the woman yes­ter­day in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent at Thomas’s Bat­tersea school on Tues­day, when an in­di­vid­ual gained ac­cess to the premises.

The ar­rested woman was taken to a south Lon­don po­lice sta­tion, where she was be­ing held in cus­tody.

The Metropoli­tan po­lice said: “We are work­ing with the school, which is at­tended by His Royal High­ness Prince Ge­orge, to re­view its se­cu­rity ar­range­ments af­ter the in­ci­dent. Po­lice were alerted and of­fi­cers at­tended im­me­di­ately af­ter the is­sue came to light.

“Po­lice are part of the pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for the prince and we will con­tinue to work closely with the school, which is re­spon­si­ble for build­ing se­cu­rity on its site.”

Ge­orge was at school on Tues­day but it is un­likely he would still have been there when the in­ci­dent hap­pened. Last week the school said new pupils were start­ing on half-days and build­ing up to stay­ing for lunch.

A Kens­ing­ton Palace spokes­woman said: “We are aware of the is­sue but we would not comment fur­ther on se­cu­rity mat­ters.”

The prince, aged four, started in the re­cep­tion class last week. The school has 560 boys and girls aged four to 13, with about 20 pupils in each class. Fees are £17,604 a year, and in­crease to £19,884 a year for those in year three and above.

Es­tab­lished 40 years ago, the school is de­scribed on its web­site as be­ing a “busy, thriv­ing, pur­pose­ful” school, which has 540 boys and girls be­tween the ages of four and 13. It places a lot of em­pha­sis on pupils’ well­be­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Tatler Schools Guide, and there is a coun­sel­lor on staff.

A lo­cal restau­rant man­ager, who asked to be re­ferred to as Steve, said he has served two of Ge­orge’s pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers.

Steve said he heard sirens and saw a po­lice van driv­ing to­wards the school at about 3pm on Wed­nes­day.

Speak­ing about Ge­orge at­tend­ing the school, he said: “It’s re­ally raised the pro­file of the area. The prince com­ing to Bat­tersea is only a good thing.”

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