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Windsor Castle crossbow suspect’s father says ‘something has gone horribly wrong’ with his son

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The father of a teenager suspected of breaking into the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day carrying a crossbow has said “something has gone horribly wrong” with his son.

Police are investigating a video appearing to show a man holding a black crossbow and threatening to kill the Queen in revenge for the Amritsar massacre in 1919.

The video was uploaded to Snapchat at 8.06am on Christmas Day, 24 minutes before a man was apprehended by Windsor security after scaling a fence with a rope ladder. Members of the Royal Family including the Queen are thought to have been inside the castle at the time.

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The suspect, who lives with his family in a four-bedroom detached home on a private estate in Southampton, has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. 

His father, a qualified software engineer who runs his own IT firm, told the Mail Online: “Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son and we are trying to figure out what.

“We’ve not had a chance to speak to him but are trying to get him the help he needs. From our perspective, we are going through a difficult time. We are trying to resolve this issue and it’s not easy.”

Video threatening to assassinate the Queen

In the video, a man wearing a dark hoodie and mask makes threats using a distorted voice. He makes repeated references to Star Wars and appears to give his name as “Darth Jones”.

He says: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family. This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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“It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race. I’m an Indian Sikh, a Sith.”

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Massacre of Amritsar, took place on April 19, 1919. British troops opened fire on a large crowd of unarmed Indians in the Punjab region of India, which was then under British colonial rule, killing hundreds and causing over a thousand casualties.

Scotland Yard on Sunday night confirmed that police were assessing the video following the intruder’s arrest.

The man from Southampton was arrested with the weapon after apparently using a rope ladder to scale a metal fence to enter the gardens at the Queen’s Berkshire residence.

It is understood he was spotted on CCTV “within moments”, triggering a team of armed response officers to arrest him just hours before the Queen was due to celebrate Christmas with her family.

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