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A 20-year-old man has been charged with treason for carrying a crossbow on the Windsor Castle grounds on 25 December last year.

Jaswant Singh Chail has been charged under section 2 of the Treason Act 1842. Chail is from Southampton.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Chail was arrested on Christmas Day. He was arrested only moments after he entered the grounds and didn’t manage to enter any buildings.

He is currently in custody and will appear in court at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 17 August.

Nick Price, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said “Mr Chail has been charged with making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon and an offence under the 1842 Treason Act.”

The BBC reports that under the 1842 Treason Act, it is an offence to assault the Queen, or have a firearm or an offensive weapon in her presence with intent to injure or alarm her or to cause a breach of peace.

The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Chail are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”

Image credit: Sky News 

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