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Locks at the Tower of London changed after a burglar broke in and stole the keys!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012  |  Toni

According to the Mirror, thousands of pounds has been spent changing locks at the Tower of London after a burglar broke in and stole the keys.

The burglar climbed over gates and stole the keys from sentries who couldn't chase him down as they are not permitted to leave their posts.  I'm not sure if I'm missing something here, but isn't that the point of having sentries?  

Anyway, the Mirror goes on to say that according to the Sun the keys stolen included ones to unlock the drawbridges but officials have stated that the Crown Jewels were never in any danger of being stolen.  

A statement from the bosses at Historic Royal Palaces goes a bit like this: "We can confirm that an incident took place in the Tower environs in the early hours of November 6 and that this is now a police matter, so we are unable to discuss details."

"We can however confirm that during this incident, keys for a restaurant and conference rooms were taken together with a key to an internal lock to the Tower drawbridges that is not accessible from the outside."

"It would not have been possible to gain access to the Tower with any of these keys. All the affected locks were immediately changed."

"We have carried out an internal investigation and have concluded that our well-established security systems and procedures are robust."

"However on this occasion, these procedures were not carried out to the expected standard. A staff disciplinary procedure is under way to address this issue."

Well, now that they have cleared that up, we can all rest easy knowing that if we ever get banged up in THE TOWER, we can just have a pal hop the gates, nick the keys, open the drawbridges and we can both caper off into the night.

Written by Toni da Costa - 14 November 2012 




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