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Man Arrested Near Princess Anne Home

February 16, 2000

STROUD, England (AP) _ A man arrested outside the gates of Princess Anne’s country home was charged Wednesday with harassing police by repeatedly trying to enter the estate and contact the princess.

Bernard Quinn, reportedly obsessed with the 49-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, has been seized several times near Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in southwest England and was arrested there again Sunday, authorities said.

Four years ago, Quinn was arrested at a church in the northeastern city of Liverpool before the princess arrived for a meeting. Quinn, who reportedly claimed to be testing the princess’s security. was jailed on charges of conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.

Quinn, now 57, appeared Wednesday at Stroud Police Court and was given bail on condition he not go within a mile of Gatcombe Park and make no contact with any member of the royal family. He was due back in court Feb. 25.

Quinn was charged with ``pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to harassment of police officers″ when ``on numerous occasions at Gatcombe Park he tried to contact Princess Anne by entering the private estate and by sending correspondence,″ police Superintendent Adrian Grimmitt said.

Grimmitt would not say if Anne was home when Quinn was arrested.

Quinn refused to comment when he emerged from the police station.

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