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Prince George Returns To Battersea School After Woman Is Arrested For Trying To Get In Twice In 24 Hours

The woman remains in custody.

14/09/2017 09:38

Prince George is expected to return to school as normal after a woman was arrested for trying to get into the building twice in 24 hours.

Security is being reviewed following Tuesday’s suspected burglary at Thomas’s Battersea, a fee-paying school in south London.

The four-year-old prince, who is currently attending reception classes on a half-day basis and leaves at lunchtime, was not there at the time.

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Prince George arriving with the Duke of Cambridge at Thomas's Battersea in London, on his first day of school last week 

A 40-year-old woman remains in custody after being arrested on Wednesday. According to The Sun royal protection officers were alerted when a woman turned up unannounced in the school lobby on Tuesday afternoon. She is said to have fled when challenged by staff before returning for a second time the following day.

She was detained by undercover officers in the vicinity of the school. An eyewitness told MailOnline the woman remained composed and did not remonstrate with the officers.

He said: “She was just sitting there really quietly with two men in ordinary clothes either side of her. She was completely calm and passive. She seemed completely unfazed.”

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A review has been launched of security arrangements at Thomas's Battersea School 

Scotland Yard said it was working with Thomas’s Battersea to examine security arrangements following the scare.

It comes less than a week after George’s first day at school on September 7.

A police spokesman said: “The arrest at 14:15hrs on Wednesday, 13 September relates to an incident at Thomas’s Battersea School on Tuesday, 12 September when an individual gained access to its premises.

“The arrested woman was taken to a south London police station where she remains in custody.

“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.”

Along with his classmates, George is currently attending reception during the mornings 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.”

Thomas’s Battersea educates 560 boys and girls aged from four to 13, with around 20 pupils in each class.

Fees cost £17,604 a year, and increase to £19,884 a year for those in year three and above.

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