Want to get into 10 Downing Street? Get a Lithuanian ID card
Fortress Britain foiled again
A serial burglar from Stratford, East London used nothing more complicated than his girlfriend's Lithuanian identity card to get into 10 Downing Street.
Obadiah Marius, 44, was freed on a suspended sentence from Southwark Crown Court yesterday, after pleading guilty to burglary over the incident.
In June last year he and his girlfriend found their way into the back offices of 10 Downing Street through an adjoining building on Whitehall. Once there they wandered around for a bit before being arrested outside 9 Downing street.
Marius was charged with burglary but his girlfriend was released without charge. They were originally arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act which restricts political protest within a kilometre of Parliament.
Southwark Crown Court sentenced Marius to a 12-month sentence suspended for 18 months while he seeks treatment for his drug problems. The judge described him as a "persistent rogue", but offered him a final chance and a residential drug treatment order.
Marius also pleaded guilty of breaking into Snaresbrook Crown Court and pinching three judge's laptops.
A security guard told the Evening Standard that Marius may have held up something the guard mistook for a building pass.®
I remember my parents taking us to look at number 10
We strolled along , waved to the "coppers" had a look and left.
Last time I walked past downing street it was a massive steel fence looking like an ex-East German Border post relocated. So now English tourists are unable to visit one of the important national sights yet foreigners can just waltz in through the back door. I know Blair and Brown are a bit younger than me and "skooling" was starting to go down hill, but how did they miss the fact that Animal Farm and 1984 are works of fiction, not instruction manuals, unless they got the non-fiction tag confused.
"as much crap gets thrown about the US, at least you can still protest in front of the white house and the congress building."
Pull the other one...or better still ask Cindy Sheehan.
Dead bird for democracy.
I predict an influx of Lithuanian tourists to UK. Imagine the advertising slogans: Meet PM of UK for free, just do not forget your ID card :) Since I am Lithuanian and I do have my ID card, I am tempted also, maybe it works as a free pass to museums also :)