Scotland Yard has launched a review on security after a member of the public collided with Prime Minister David Cameron on a visit to Leeds.
Video footage shows the tattooed and dreadlocked man running towards the prime minister and bumping into him before being arrested by Cameron’s security team.
Former close protection officers and MPs have also called for a full inquiry into Cameron’s security arrangements after the runner was able to get close to him and members of his protection team as they left the city’s civic hall.
Video footage shows the man, identified as Dean Farley, 28, heading towards the prime minister at speed before bumping into him. It also shows that there were at least a few seconds before anyone could get to Farley and wrestle him to the ground.
In light of the situation which occurred in Canada last week, security measures are taken very seriously and any breach is closely reviewed by Scotland Yard.
It is believed the man was jogging to the gym when he clashed with Cameron, and after being questioned by the police was released without charge. Later on Farley posted on facebook: “So im all over the news as ‘the protester that attacked david cameron in leeds’ yeah if you call brushing into someone while running then assaulted by half a dozen coppers…”
Sky’s Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White said: “Maybe it does raise questions about the kind of security bubble you put around VIPs when they are out in the public like this.
“Especially at the moment as you have the terrorism alert in this country at severe.
“But you can see from the video that it did happen very quickly, and the security personnel that were with the prime minister did react to pull this person away.”
Cameron apparently laughed off the incident as he appeared before MPs in the House of Commons shortly afterwards, with a spokesman saying that the prime minister ‘had gratitude and confidence in the protection teams who look after his security on a daily basis.’