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Windsor officer moved on
Windsor Castle
Barschak scaled a castle wall and talked his way into William's party
A senior police officer who was on duty the night an intruder managed to gatecrash Prince William's 21st has been moved from his job.

The chief inspector who commanded the castle's security has been moved to other duties and replaced.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Following discussions the chief inspector at Windsor Castle is to move to a new post within the Metropolitan Police.

"This should not be seen as pre-judging the outcome of the disciplinary inquiry and is by mutual consent."

'No scapegoat'

He said the new chief inspector at the castle would be Paul Seery.

The change comes after the prince's birthday party on 21 June when self-styled "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak broke through security.

Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir John Stevens last week said that no individual police officer would be "picked on" over the lapse.

Sir John told a meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority: "When you are looking at something which has been a failure in totality like this it would be wrong to pick on any individual."

The findings of an investigation by a senior officer from another force into what went wrong at the castle are due to be published in the next few weeks.

But home secretary David Blunkett has already told the Commons human error - and not the electronic security systems installed at the castle - was to blame.

The BBC's Margaret Gilmore
"The alarm system will be reviewed"

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