Burglar sparks security alert at Foreign Secretary's house

A SUSPECTED burglar caused a massive security alert on the Primrose Hill street where Foreign Secretary David Miliband lives. A member of the public called the police at around 3.15pm yesterday after seeing a man jump over a wall and into a ga

A SUSPECTED burglar caused a massive security alert on the Primrose Hill street where Foreign Secretary David Miliband lives.

A member of the public called the police at around 3.15pm yesterday after seeing a man jump over a wall and into a garden not far from Mr Miliband's house where armed guards are on patrol permanently.

The 999 call provoked a huge police response with scores of officers and a helicopter sent the scene.

Camden Town and Primrose Hill Labour councillor Pat Callaghan said: "There were enough police around to arrest the whole street let alone one man. Obviously the burglar did not realise it was David Miliband's area he was coming into."

But despite officers turning up in droves there was no sign of the suspected burglar.

A spokesman for the Met said: "Police were alerted by a member of the public at approximately 3.15pm on Wednesday April 16 following reports of a man entering a garden. Officers attended but there was no trace of the individual."

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Armed guards have been stationed outside Mr Miliband's house ever since he was promoted to Foreign Secretary in June 2007. Their arrival was met with mixed reaction from residents. Some enjoyed the increased security in the area and felt more comfortable walking home late at night, but some parents at a nearby school raised concerns the guns would scare the pupils.