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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 20:02 GMT
Police defend royal visit arrests
The Queen
The Queen was unaware of the balloons bursting
Police who arrested two teenagers after the pair apparently burst balloons when The Queen arrived in Wakefield have defended their action.

The 17-year-olds were held on suspicion of using threatening behaviour as the royal party attended a Maundy Service.

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "This disturbance was created as the Royal party arrived...the origin of the loud bangs was unclear.

"This could have been a firearm" the spokeswoman added.

The Queen was understood to have been unaware of the incident.

Another 11 people were arrested for a range of alleged minor offences during the huge security operation.

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