Man charged after Queen’s protection vehicles are clamped

The Queen during her visit to Gunwharf Quays
The Queen during her visit to Gunwharf Quays

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A WHEELCLAMPER has been charged by police after clamping two unmarked police cars that were at Gunwharf Quays to protect the Queen.

Gareth Andrews, 37, of Privett Road, Fareham, was arrested on suspicion of wilfully obstructing a police constable in the execution of his duty.

Police said Andrews clamped two unmarked police vehicles which had parked in the residential area at Gunwharf on Wednesday morning.

The officers were there in plain clothes as part of the security operation to protect the Queen, who made an unannounced visit to Portsmouth to have lunch with Sir Donald Gosling on his luxurious yacht the Leander.

Andrews was arrested by the officers, who had not left their cars at the time they were clamped.

Andrews is also charged with contravening the Private Security Industry Act by not displaying the appropriate licensing badge.

Andrews is due to make his first appearance at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on Friday next week.