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Man Carrying Crossbow at Windsor Castle Charged Under Treason Act

Armed police officers stand guard outside the King Henry VIII gate at Windsor Castle.

Armed police officers stand guard outside the King Henry VIII gate at Windsor Castle.

Photographer: Mark Kerrison/In Pictures/Getty Images 

A man has been charged under the Treason Act after he was arrested while carrying a crossbow in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Scotland Yard said Jaswant Singh Chail, from Southampton, has been charged with an offence under section 2 of the Treason Act 1842, which is "discharging or aiming firearms, or throwing or using any offensive matter or weapon, with intent to injure or alarm Her Majesty".