Friday 17 November 2017

Security alert at the White House as intruder attempts to jump fence

White House (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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An individual has been apprehended near the White House a week after an intruder was caught in its grounds, a US government spokesman said.

Press secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter that the individual "jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave" but did not make it onto White House property.

He added: "Great response by @SecretService."

President Donald Trump was not at the White House on Saturday. He and his family are spending the weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort.

The incident comes about a week after a man breached a five-foot outer perimeter fence and scaled an eight-foot vehicle gate to gain entry to the White House grounds.

The Secret Service was criticised after it said that man was on the property's grounds for 16 minutes before being detained.

Separately, the Secret Service said on Friday a laptop was stolen from an agent's car in New York City but that such agency-issued computers contain multiple layers of security and are not permitted to contain classified information.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday's incident.

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