Man charged over threats to kill the Queen with a crossbow on Christmas Day

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with treason after allegedly plotting to attack the Queen on Christmas Day.

Jaswant Singh Chail, is accused of intending to injure or alarm the Queen with a crossbow at Windsor Castle, under the Treason Act.

Scotland Yard said 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".

He has also been charged with threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.

Nick Price, head of the Crown Prosecution's Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said it has authorised the Met to charge Chail "after he was arrested in the grounds of Windsor Castle on 25 December 2021 carrying a crossbow".

The 20-year-old is currently in custody and will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on August 17.

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