My Twitter Followers may recall having seen a "BREAKING" tweet from me yesterday at around 18:50 in which I shared information received that there was a protester who "climbed on the tower".
I was on my way somewhere so couldn't hang about to dig out further details, but I asked Lobby colleagues, and a major news channel to investigate. On my train home, I called the Met Police Press guys and asked them for comment. They said there was nothing recorded.
The TV News Producer I passed the story to got back to me last night and said s/he had looked in to it and got "Sweet FA". All lines of inquiry came back with no trace of an incident.
Now I knew my source was solid, and I doubted the official line, and now I have more details.
A tour group of MP's Constituents were touring the Clock Tower yesterday. When they reached the top, one young woman sat down and refused to move, stating that she was protesting against coalition cuts. Not only did the young lady surprise the Big Ben Tour Guides, she surprised her sister who was also on the tour, since as I understand it, she didn't share her crazy plan ahead of time.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, the Old Bill were called, presumably having finished with their mammoth investigation in to the case of the half drunk booze but at first, the lady was refusing to budge. Droves of Police Officers were called, but still Mrs X refused to move, or to give Police Officers her details. Rather stupid really since anyone going on a Big Ben Tour these days requires a PNC (Police National Computer) check so they had her details all along. Eventually, informed that she would be arrested if she didn't immediately move, the young lady made her way down with some lovely Police Officers.
The incident is something and nothing really... but I am truly staggered that anyone would want to deny it. It's a non-incident!
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