A "known anti-royalist" will face court this morning charged
with preparing to assault the Prince of Wales and the Duchess
of Cornwall during the couple's tour of Auckland yesterday.
Police arrested a 74-year-old Mangere man near Britomart
about 12.40pm yesterday, shortly before Prince Charles and
his wife Camilla arrived in downtown Auckland to meet
thousands who had gathered in the rain.
Police say the man is a known anti-royalist who did not get
near either of the royals before he was arrested.
He was kept in custody overnight and is to appear in Auckland
District Court today.
TVNZ reports that the man was arrested after allegedly being
caught on CCTV with an item, which police would not name.
A family member of the charged man told TVNZ that police had
tried to contact the man during the morning but he had
already left home.