‘Genuine Error’: Tourist Arrested at Buckingham Palace Had Keyring Taser

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Police teams secure the roads behind a cordoned area following an apparent attack on two police officers at Buckingham Palace on August 25, 2017 in London, England. Two officers were slightly injured while arresting the man who was carrying a bladed weapon. (Photo by GOR/Getty …
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LONDON (AP) – British police have released a man who was detained by security staff at Buckingham Palace on suspicion of carrying a Taser.

Police said Monday the man posed no threat and that his possession of the device was a genuine error. The device was found to be low-powered and part of a keyring.

The 38-year-old had been taken into custody at the visitors’ entrance to the palace Sunday afternoon after discovery of the device.

Police said he was a visitor from the Netherlands. He was released Sunday evening.

London police said in a statement that visitors should be aware that small knives and Tasers can be considered offensive weapons in Britain.

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