02/02/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

A man who scaled the fence of Buckingham Palace in front of a crowd of tourists, Scotland Yard said Thursday. The unidentified 40-year-old intruder got into the grounds of the palace shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and ran across the forecourt toward an entrance manned by footmen. As he reached the red-carpeted steps leading up to the door, police handcuffed him and led him away.

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