Police hunt man who illegally entered the Tower of London while it was closed late at night
- The man entered the grounds of Tower of London at around 10.50pm on 6 April
- Central East London Command Unit are appealing to public to help identify man
- Man escaped climbing down towards Thames foreshore near St Katherine Docks
- The Tower of London is home to the crown jewels, with an estimated value of between three and five billion pounds and 23,578 gemstones
Police are appealing to the public to help identify a man who illegally entered the Tower of London last month before escaping by climbing down towards the banks of the river Thames.
The brazen man was pictured wandering through the grounds of the historic castle, which houses the Crown Jewels, after hours.
When challenged by security guarding the tower – not the traditional Beefeaters – the man took off climbing down towards the banks of the river Thames.
A late night sightseer is on the run from police after he managed to break into the Tower of London. Police are appealing to the public for help identifying the man
The man was last seen escaping towards the Thames foreshore near St Katherine Docks in Wapping, central London, just before 11.00pm on April 6.
Met police are appealing to the public to help identify the unknown man and no arrests have been made.
Home to the crown jewels, which have an estimated value of between three and five billion pounds, the Tower of London displays 23,578 gemstones, some of which are part of objects still used in royal ceremonies today.
The Yeomen Warders, formally known as Beefeaters, guard the Tower of London during the day however they were not working at that time – private security guard the tower at night.
A spokesperson said: ‘Officers are concerned for the welfare of the man and would ask anyone who recognises him to contact police.
It is not known how the man entered the grounds of Tower of London when it was closed (stock image)
‘Officers from the Central East Command Unit are appealing to the public to help identify the man who illegally entered the Tower of London last month.
‘The incident happened at about 10.50pm on Saturday, 6 April when the man entered the grounds of Tower of London when it was closed.
‘He was challenged by Tower of London security and made off. The man was last seen by climbing down towards the foreshore of the Thames near St Katherine Docks.’
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting CAD2706/14MAY.
In December security concerns were raised and sniffer dogs were called to the Tower amid fears staff were snorting cocaine just yards from where the £5billion jewels are kept
In 2012 a thief broke into the Tower of London and stole keys belonging to guards in an astonishing security blunder.
The raider was said to have managed to scale the Front Gate to enter the fortress.
The bunch of keys which unlock drawbridges, were in a metal box which was meant to have been securely locked.
Guards spotted the thief, but could only radio for assistance, as strict rules meant they could not give chase as they were unable to leave their posts.
On guard: A security guard protects the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Guards are unable to leave their posts
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