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Canadian man arrested after breaching PM's estate

Canadian man arrested after breaching PM's estate

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Jul 2020, 11:36 am

Ottawa/UNI: An Canadian military man was arrested on Friday, after he drove his pick-up truck through the gates of the estate where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives, police said.

The suspect used his vehicle to breach the main entrance of Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday morning, the BBC reports.

He then entered the grounds on foot before being confronted by police.

The police said the man who was armed was arrested without incident. He is in custody, with charges pending.

Mr Trudeau and his family, who are currently living at a cottage on the Rideau Hall estate while the prime minister's official residence is being renovated, were not at home at the time of the incident.

Nor was Governor General Julie Payette, who resides at Rideau Hall as the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's head of state.

"We thank the RCMP and police for quickly resolving the situation this morning at Rideau Hall. All of our staff are safe," Ms Payette tweeted on Thursday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the suspect was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, whose identity "will be confirmed as soon as possible".

The RCMP said it is working closely with the Canadian Armed Forces to investigate the incident, which was resolved "quickly and safely". 

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