Man arrested outside Buckingham Palace charged with firearms offences

The scene outside Buckingham Palace (PA Wire)
The scene outside Buckingham Palace (PA Wire)

A man alleged to have sparked a major security scare by throwing shotgun cartridges over the gates of Buckingham Palace before the Coronation has been charged with firearms offences.

Dog breeder David Huber, 60, is alleged to have travelled 250 miles from a remote farm in North Stainmore, Cumbria on May 2.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan told journalists at the time how a suspect had initially asked officers if he could speak to a soldier hours before King Charles and Queen Cammilla were crowned at Westminster Abbey.

When told that was not possible, he allegedly began hurling the ammunition over the gates.

The man was searched and allegedly found to be in possession of a lock knife.

David Huber, from Cumbria, was arrested outside Buckingham Palace (Facebook)
David Huber, from Cumbria, was arrested outside Buckingham Palace (Facebook)

During the arrest, a controlled explosion had to be carried out on his bag.

Police said the incident was not being treated as terror-related.

After the incident, the man was detained under the Mental Health Act.

But following an investigation by the Met, Huber appeared at Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday accused of possession of an offensive weapon, a bladed article and ammunition.

He has been bailed to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on November 3 for a plea and case management hearing.

Neither the King nor the Queen were at Buckingham Palace at the time of the incident, but Charles did host Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese earlier.