British Tabloid Reporter Arrested at Buckingham Palace

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(AP) A British tabloid reporter was arrested at Buckingham Palace on suspicion of deception while “investigating security” there, her newspaper said Friday.

The News of the World said Bethany Usher, 25, “was engaged in a legitimate journalistic exercise investigating security at Buckingham Palace.”

British media reported that she had been trying to get a housekeeping job at the residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed that a woman was arrested at the palace Thursday on suspicion of “attempting to obtain pecuniary advantage by deception.”

She was released on bail after questioning and ordered to return to a London police station on Feb. 9.

Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the incident, saying it was a matter for police.

The palace has proved a tempting target for undercover reporters in the past.

Officials were embarrassed on the eve of a 2003 state visit by President Bush when Daily Mirror reporter Ryan Parry revealed he had been hired as a footman even though he gave false references.

Parry’s stories, which included details about the queen’s breakfast tastes and photos of a rubber duck in the royal bath, were reproduced around the world.

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