Despite £100 million in security, Crook enters the Scottish Parliament through a “unsecured door.”
Despite a £100 million security system, a BURGLAR broke into the Scottish Parliament through a “unsecured door,” causing widespread fear.
MSPs, SNP-led Scottish Government ministers, and officials were all concerned about the break-in.
Officials from Holyrood said the January break-in at the heart of Scottish democracy was “extremely embarrassing” and “quite serious.”
According to officials, someone scaled the perimeter fence encircling the Holyrood property and entered the Parliament through a “unsecured entryway.”
The alarm was then triggered before security guards confronted the robber after a romp through the Parliament.
As first reported by the Scottish Mail on Sunday, police were called in and the suspect was arrested, with numerous teams dispatched to the location.
It comes after officials spent ten years and millions of dollars trying to protect the national parliament from crime and terrorism.
The interior was bomb-proofed for £90 million, and a £5 million security pavilion was built for the public to enter through.
A crash-proof bollard system cost £1.25 million, while a biometric pass system cost £2 million.
The break-in has strengthened the case for the Scottish Parliament being designated as a “protected site.”
This means that entering the Holyrood building or grounds “without lawful authority” could result in a year in prison or a $5,000 fine.
Last month, Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone revealed that the Scottish Parliament’s Corporate Body, which supervises the day-to-day operations of Holyrood, was considering making it a criminal offense.
“As we have seen several times recently, having a functioning parliament to provide and oversee the response to the current pandemic has obviously been in the national interest,” she wrote in a note to MSPs.
“We’re also dealing with an uptick in disruptive activities, such as protests on our roof that necessitate specialized policing and emergency response, and unauthorised possession of the debating chamber.”
“Actions like this have the potential to stymie the parliament’s capacity to convene.”
The legislation took effect on October 1st, with Westminster and the Welsh Senedd receiving the same standing.
The Scottish Greens and Alba, on the other hand, are calling for the regulations to be scrapped because they will limit rallies outside the Parliament.
The Greens, who are junior partners in the Scottish Government, have stated that the freedom to protest is a “fundamental component of democracy” and that restricting it is unconstitutional. “Brinkwire News Summary.”