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A former police officer has blamed celebrities for some of the illegal actions that were recorded by authorities at Buckingham Palace.
Thirty-three crimes were recorded inside palace grounds over the past year – with the majority of the crimes believed to have involved drugs showing up in X-Ray scans performed on guests.
The break down of offences at royal palaces was shared this year for the first time ever following the use of Freedom Of Information requests.
All of the crimes reported were said to have taken place at Buckingham Palace in the 12 months leading up to July 1, 2020.
Former Met Police detective chief inspector Mick Neville has suggested celebrities were likely involved in a number of the crimes.
He made the accusation amid reports that “prohibited items” were found on persons searched at the palace – with him suspecting this would relate to drugs offences.
Mr Neville told The Sun: “This is most likely to be controlled drugs.”
The former detective pointed the finger of blame at celebrities for trying to smuggle drugs into the palace grounds on occasions where they would be presented with honours by members of the Royal Family.
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He said: “As Buckingham Palace is where celebrities and the like receive honours and awards and attend garden parties, this may explain the problem.
“The Beatles reputedly smoked pot in the toilets when they went to collect MBEs. Perhaps others were also intending to take in drugs and were caught.”
Of the crimes revealed, not all were drugs based.
One of the incidents including trespassing – when a 22-year-old scaled a fenced in a bid to get close to The Queen in July last year.
While it is believed 12 crimes relate to items being stolen from the palace cafe and gift shop.
The police have previously expressed reluctance to share details of crimes committed on palace grounds, arguing such information could allow “interested parties to gain an upper hand and awareness of policing decisions”.
The Met Police told Daily Star Online: "We are not prepared to discuss matters of security."
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