Brit Queen’s Asian chauffeur suspended over alleged Buckingham Palace security breachMay 24th, 2009 - 7:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 24 (ANI): Queen Elizabeth II’s Asian-origin chauffeur Brian Sirjusingh was suspended today after allegedly allowing undercover reporters to gain access to sensitive areas of Buckingham Palace without passing through security checks.
He was secretly filmed letting the two journalists, who were posing as wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen, into palace grounds and showing them around a garage containing royal cars, including a Bentley used by the Queen and other vehicles including a Rolls Royce, a Daimler and a Jaguar used by the royal family.
The reporters were able to take pictures of number plates of the vehicles and claimed they were left alone for long enough to plant a bomb at one point.
According to The Telegraph, Buckingham Palace said it was looking into the claims made in the News of the World newspaper.
“Obviously, the allegation will be investigated and the individual concerned has been suspended pending an investigation. Any security matter is taken very seriously,” a spokesman was quoted , as saying.
The Metropolitan Police said officers had been in touch with royal staff about the incident.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are naturally concerned about the issues raised by this story and are liaising with palace officials about their staff security arrangements.”
In the film, Sirjusingh is seen letting the reporters in through a gate and ushering them past a security checkpoint, where a uniformed police officer was sitting.
Signs reading “STOP security measures in progress” and “Have your personal card/ID ready please” were ignored.
The chauffeur then showed them several vehicles used by members of the royal family and even allowed one to sit in a Bentley used to transport the Queen on state occasions.
“That’s where the Queen sits,” Mr Sirjusingh, 38, told them.
Strict security measures are meant to be in force at the palace and even members of the royal family, including the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, are required to show photographic ID each time they enter a royal residence.
Sirjusingh, who is originally from Trinidad and served in the Royal Logistics Corps, is alleged to have allowed the reporters to video and photograph the royal cars and also to have revealed codenames for the vehicles used by royal protection officers.
He is further accused of revealing the Queen’s private travel plans and security weaknesses within the cars.
The last car he showed on the unofficial tour of the garage was a green Daimler with an ordinary number plate which is driven by the Queen. (ANI)
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