Tuesday 24 April 2018

Memory stick 'containing top secret plan to protect British Queen' found on the street

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland
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An investigation has been launched at Heathrow Airport after a memory stick reportedly containing confidential security information was found in the street.

The Sunday Mirror says the USB stick - which was not encrypted and had 2.5GB of data - was discovered by a member of the public in Ilbert Street in Queen's Park, west London, and handed to the paper.

It reportedly contained files revealing information such as security measures used to protect the Queen at the airport, the types of ID needed to access restricted areas and the locations of CCTV cameras and tunnels linked to the Heathrow Express.

A spokeswoman for the airport said security plans had been reviewed in light of the incident.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

She said: "Heathrow's top priority is the safety and security of our passengers and colleagues.

"The UK and Heathrow have some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world and we remain vigilant to evolving threats by updating our procedures on a daily basis.

"We have reviewed all of our security plans and are confident that Heathrow remains secure.

"We have also launched an internal investigation to understand how this happened and are taking steps to prevent a similar occurrence in future.

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice leave York Minster after a Maundy Thursday Service at on April 5, 2012 in York, England. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice are visiting York today as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice leave York Minster after a Maundy Thursday Service at on April 5, 2012 in York, England. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice are visiting York today as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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