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Spikes to be added to White House fence after breaches


White House fence

White House fence

A US government panel on Thursday approved measures to boost security at the White House, adding a new set of metal spikes to the fence after a series of breaches.

The National Capital Planning Commission approved the temporary addition of roughly seven-inch (18-centimeter) “pencil point” spikes, spokesman Stephen Staudigl said.

The additions are designed to “slow or prevent intruders from getting over the fence,” according to the proposal originally put to the panel.

The move comes after a string of high-profile security breaches at the White House.

On September 19, a disturbed Army veteran jumped the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the building with a knife in his pocket.

In April, US Secret Service agents arrested an intruder who scaled the fence on the south side of the presidential mansion.


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