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A major security review was launched last night after a suspected stalker was arrested attempting to break into Prince George’s school.

The 40-year-old woman was detained by undercover police officers yards from the gates of Thomas’s London Day School in Battersea, south-west London.

Teachers were on red alert after the same woman had been able to briefly talk her way into the building posing as a legitimate visitor 24 hours earlier. 

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Exclusive pictures reveal the moment police arrived on the scene outside Thomas's School in Battersea

Exclusive pictures reveal the moment police arrived on the scene outside Thomas's School in Battersea

These exclusive pictures reveal the moment police arrested the woman as she sat outside Queenswood restaurant in Battersea Square with two men, one believed to be an undercover police officer

She escaped when challenged by staff but was spotted again loitering nearby yesterday afternoon triggering her arrest on suspicion of attempted burglary.

The prince, four, who is third in line to the throne, was not present at the time of either security scare because as a new starter he leaves at lunchtime.

She escaped when challenged by staff but was spotted again loitering nearby yesterday afternoon triggering her arrest on suspicion of attempted burglary.

The prince, four, who is third in line to the throne, was not present at the time of either security scare because as a new starter he leaves at lunchtime.

The woman was sitting outside Queenswood restaurant in Battersea Square with two men, one believed to be an undercover police officer, when the arrest operation began.

At 2.20pm, an unmarked police car sped into the square followed by a police van which stopped outside the restaurant.

Three police officers, two male and one female, spoke briefly to the woman. She was then searched by the female officer before stepping into the back of the van.

Prince George had his first day at Thomas's Battersea School last week. Pictured, he arrives for his first day with his father the Duke of Cambridge

Prince George had his first day at Thomas's Battersea School last week. Pictured, he arrives for his first day with his father the Duke of Cambridge

She remained composed throughout and did not remonstrate with the officers.

One eyewitness, who was eating at the restaurant, said: ‘She was just sitting there really quietly with two men in ordinary clothes either side of her. She was completely calm and passive. She seemed completely unfazed.’

Commanders at the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit launched an immediate review of the security operation surrounding his studies. But the incident will raise fears of what could have happened had the woman been a terrorist.

One former senior officer last night described the shocking breach as ‘very worrying’, but added: ‘Schools are not fortresses.’

The prince only started his studies last Thursday when he was photographed being dropped off at the school by his father, the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant with her third child and has been suffering from a severe form of morning sickness, told parents she will meet them at the gates when she, too, is able to do the school run.

The security incident involving the woman began unfolding on Tuesday afternoon.

It is understood that she attempted to gain access to the school by posing as a visitor, possibly with a pre-booked appointment.

But she quickly left the building, which opens directly onto a busy road, after being challenged by a member of staff. It is unclear how far inside she got.

Shortly before 2pm yesterday the woman was seen again in a small leafy square a short distance from the school gates.

Police were alerted and she was held by plainclothes officers until uniformed colleagues arrived to search and arrest her.

One eyewitness, who was eating at Queenswood, in Battersea Square, said she was alerted by two ‘very agitated’ teachers wearing distinctive name badges standing outside.

The 40-year-old woman was detained by undercover police officers yards from the gates of Thomas¿s London Day School in Battersea, south-west London

The 40-year-old woman was detained by undercover police officers yards from the gates of Thomas’s London Day School in Battersea, south-west London

She realised that a woman had been made to a sit at table at an adjacent cafe and was surrounded by two men in civilian clothes.

‘She seemed very placid, completely unfazed by what was going on,’ she said. ‘She was silent and did not exchange anything with police at all. She had light dark hair in a ponytail and had a rucksack-type bag over her shoulder.

‘A woman officer arrived and searched her and then she stepped into the back of the police van.

‘There were several Thomas’s staff wearing name badges who looked very agitated. I saw them being shown some passports or a passport. It made me think the woman could be from overseas.’

The woman was being questioned on suspicion of attempted burglary at a south London police station last night. Her mental health will be assessed. One line of inquiry is that she is a ‘fixated individual’ who has become obsessed with the glamorous Royal couple.

Many security experts believe such people pose a greater threat to the Royal Family than terrorists because they are often unpredictable loners.

Prince George arrived for his first day at the school on Thursday, where he was dropped off by his father the Duke of Cambridge

The break-in comes less than a week since George enrolled at the school

Prince George, third in line to the throne, is dropped off by William as he arrives at the the £18,000-a-year school last wee

Questions were raised over security at Thomas’s earlier this month after a woman was able to video herself walking inside it.

Battersea resident Sarah Burnett-Moore, 54, filmed inside the £18,000-a-year school while it was being refurbished over the summer. It appears she was able to enter the premises via the same iron gate and main door after they were left open by contractors.

She said she could have walked in with a home-made bomb and many neighbours of the school are concerned about the security implications of the royal pupil.

Residents said they are concerned that security at the school is not adequate for the high-profile pupil. One mother, aged 39, said: ‘Incidents like this make us all scared. Prince George shouldn’t go here. None of the mums around here want him to go to the

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