‘Fake priest’ spends night with UK Queen’s guards — Analysis
The UK military now investigates the incident in which the imposter accessed the base, which is supposedly of high-security.
British forces announced Tuesday they had opened an investigation into reports of a priest-looking man infiltrating the Coldstream Guards’ barracks. After spending the night at Victoria Barracks close to Windsor Castle, the imposter bonded with elite soldiers who were charged with protecting Queen Elizabeth.
“The army takes this breach of security extremely seriously and it will be thoroughly investigated as a matter of priority,”A spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence stated that the incident is now under investigation, however they declined to comment. “part of an ongoing investigation.”
The Sun first reported on Monday about the breach that occurred last week. According to the tabloid’s source, the man showed up at the barracks’ gate and successfully conned his way in without showing any identification or presenting credentials.
“The guy turned up at the gate, said his name was Father Cruise and claimed to be a friend of the battalion’s Padre, the Reverend Matt Coles. He was invited in and offered something to eat,”According to the source.
The guardsmen in the facility were quickly able to make friends with the fake priest. “within a couple of hours he was drinking with the officers in the bar.”He entertained his friends by telling them increasingly absurd stories while enjoying drinks.
“He was telling lots of tall stories and the lads were enjoying his banter,”According to the source.
The chaps became suspicious when he began to talk about his time as an ejector seat test pilot, and how he had had organs removed.
Despite the above “suspicions,”The phony priest received a room at the barracks, and stayed the night there. After the man had been inspected in the morning, the police called the barracks to remove the impostor. He was not taken into custody and there has been no other action.
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