Man 'with crossbow' charged with intent to harm Queen at Windsor Castle

Jaswant Singh Chail faces charges under the Treason Act after being arrested on Christmas Day, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Jaswant Singh Chail charged under Treason Act attempting to injure Queen on Christmas Day at Windsor Castle STV News
20-year-old man charged with intending to injure or alarm Queen at Windsor Castle on Christmas 2021.

A man has been charged under the Treason Act after he was arrested while carrying a crossbow in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Scotland Yard said Jaswant Singh Chail, from Southampton, has been charged with an offence under section 2 of the Treason Act 1842, which is “discharging or aiming firearms, or throwing or using any offensive matter or weapon, with intent to injure or alarm Her Majesty”.

He has also been charged with threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.

The 20-year-old is in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 17.

Nick Price, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “Mr Chail, 20, has been charged with making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon and an offence under the 1842 Treason Act.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Chail are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”