The Queen appears to be enjoying hersel;f as she visited the town of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, today

Axe man scare at Queen's visit

May 24, 2007
The Sun

A MAN was arrested for possessing an axe today just yards from where the Queen was due to begin a walkabout.

Around 30 minutes before the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were due to walk around St George’s Square in Huddersfield, uniformed police officers and royal protection officers swooped on the man.

A short struggle ensued as the man was initially handcuffed by two or three police officers before being pulled over a barrier and led away.

A plastic bag was confiscated and a long brown axe handle could clearly be seen protruding from it.
Other unidentifiable objects were also in the bag.

As the suspect was led away, he looked distressed and complained that his arm was hurting.

A police officer confirmed the arrested man was in his twenties and had been arrested for possession of an offensive weapon. He confirmed it was an axe.

The square was packed with adults and schoolchildren waiting for the royal party to arrive and some of those who witnessed the arrest, including young children, looked upset by what they had seen.

One woman told police she was trying to attract their attention and alert them to the man.

The incident happened just yards from where the royal party alighted from their vehicles and began the walkabout.

It is understood police officers had been observing the man for some time before they intervened.

There was a large and noticeable police presence throughout the day in Huddersfield and also in Bradford earlier in the day.


Shot WPC's children meet the Queen

24th May 2007
Daily Mail

The son and daughter of murdered policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky today met the Queen.

Lydia Beshenivsky, five, and her brother Paul, eight, met the Queen with their father Paul in Bradford's Centenary Square.

Thank you ma'am: Lydia hands the Queen a posy

PC Beshenivsky, 38, was shot dead on Lydia's fourth birthday, during a robbery at a Bradford travel agent on November 18, 2005.

The children were accompanied by police family liaison officer PC Cate Jackson.

Lydia presented a posy to the Queen and her father chatted with her for several moments.

The Queen donned slippers to greet wellwishers in the temple

Later, the Queen donned traditional slippers to visit a Hindu temple.

She and her husband, Prince Philip, visited the new Shree Laxmi Narayan Hindu Temple in Bradford after meeting Pc Beshenivsky's children.

All smiles: Lydia Beshenvisky, wearing a policewoman's hat, after meeting the Queen today