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Investigations after the intruder reportedly stayed overnight in barracks near Windsor

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An intruder posing as a priest spent the night in a barracks near the Royal Guardsman windsor Castle is reportedly in “an extraordinary security breach”.

Police were alerted to reports of an intruder at Victoria Barracks in Sheet Street, Windsor, at 9.20am on Wednesday, while the Queen was at Sandringham for Easter.

The Barracks is the home of The Coldstream Guardianidentifiable by their red jackets and black bearskin hats, and have a ceremonial role as protectors of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

Soldiers of the Coldstream Guards (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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Soldiers were approached at the gate by the man pretending to be a priest, TalkTV reported.

He is said to have spent the night eating and drinking with senior officials before being offered a bed for the night, despite not showing any ID or ID.

A source told Talk TV The news desk: “This is just an exceptional security breach.

“The guy showed up at the gate in the evening and said his name was Father Cruise and he claimed to be a friend of Padre Rev Matt Coles of the Battalion.

“He was invited to the officers’ mess and offered something to eat.

“Within hours he was drinking with the officers in the bar and telling them stories about how he had served in Iraq.

“He told a lot of great stories and the boys enjoyed his quips and had a few drinks.

“It wasn’t until later, when he started talking about working as an ejection seat test pilot and having some organs replaced, that the boys started to get suspicious.

“The checks were carried out in the morning. It was obvious that this guy wasn’t a real priest.”

An army spokesman said The Independent: “The Army takes this security breach very seriously and will investigate it thoroughly as a matter of priority.

“This incident is now part of an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

A Police in the Thames Valley speaker tells The sun: “We received a report of an intruder at Victoria Barracks in Sheet Street, Windsor, at 9.20am on Wednesday.

“Officials attended and removed the intruder from the barracks. No further action was required.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/priest-coldstream-guards-barracks-windsor-b2070155.html Investigations after the intruder reportedly stayed overnight in barracks near Windsor

Bobby Allyn

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