A 40-year-old woman has accepted a caution by British police after trying to gain access into the Thomas’ Battersea school attended by Prince George, last month.
Undercover police were alerted to the woman’s behaviour, with reports she attempted to break-in at the South London school on September 12. She was arrested the next afternoon, less than a week after George’s first day, the Met Police revealed.
Royal protection officers were alerted when the woman turned up unannounced in the school’s lobby, before fleeing when challenged by staff. She then returned to the school vicinity the following day.
While she was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, she accepted the caution for “causing a nuisance on school property” under the Education Act. While there will be no further action or criminal conviction, the incident will still remain on her police file.
“A 40-year-old woman has accepted a caution for causing a nuisance on school property following an incident at Thomas’s Battersea school in September,” London’s Metropolitan Police statement read on Monday.
Prince George, who is currently attending reception classes on a half-day basis, until lunchtime, was not present at the time of either incidents.
Police are now working in conjunction with the school to review its security arrangement following the arrest.
According to the BBC, a police spokesman said, “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,”
A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace, the residence of Prince William and his family, acknowledged the incident last month, “We are aware of this issue but won’t comment on security matters.”
The caution is not classed as a criminal conviction but must be declared in certain roles such as working with children and vulnerable adults, and may be to be disclosed to current or prospective employers.