Crossbow laws could be tightened to make it harder to buy lethal weapons after armed intruder broke into Windsor Castle

THE HOME Secretary has ordered a review of crossbow laws after an armed intruder scaled Windsor Castle and threatened to kill the Queen on Christmas Day.

Priti Patel could tighten rules that allow adults to buy the "lethal" weapon without any identification or background checks.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 19, was arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, shortly after chilling footage emerged of a masked man threatening to kill the Queen, 95.

The teenager had allegedly scaled a fence at Windsor Castle – where Her Majesty was due to celebrate Christmas with her family.

He was 500 metres from the Queen’s private apartments, inside the castle grounds.

Chail, known as Jas, was arrested while allegedly armed with a crossbow after scaling a spiked fence with a rope ladder.

Just moments earlier, the suspect posted a video online threatening to "assassinate the Queen."

In the video clip, the figure holds the shiny black weapon and addresses the camera with a distorted voice while wearing a hoodie.

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He is in a sinister white mask apparently inspired by Star Wars — and his message makes ­references to the film franchise’s mythology.

He says: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family.

“This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

“It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race.

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“I’m an Indian Sikh, a Sith. My name was Jaswant Singh Chail, my name is Darth Jones.”

His father, Jasbir Singh Chail, told MailOnline: "Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son and we are trying to figure out what.

"We’ve not had a chance to speak to him but are trying to get him the help he needs.

"From our perspective, we are going through a difficult time. We are trying to resolve this issue and it’s not easy."

According to The Telegraph, sources from Whitehall have said officials have been told to "incorporate any lessons" from the incident into a review of crossbow laws.

A review of the laws regarding deadly weapons had been ordered earlier this year.

Weapon sold on Amazon for £60

CROSSBOWS can be easily bought online from sites such as Amazon — despite being used in a spate of killings.

It is not illegal to own one in the UK and, unlike with firearms, a licence or registration is not needed for purchase.

The Crossbows Act 1987 stipulates no one under 18 can buy or hire one and anyone caught selling one to a minor can face up to six months in prison or a fine.

They are used in archery at target ranges.

Mini crossbows with 6.3 inch aluminium bolts can be bought on Amazon for as little as £60.13.

More powerful versions with draw weights of up to 185lb can be bought for about £500 from specialist archery shops.

Earlier this year, double killer Saghawat Ramzan was jailed for 33 years for murdering his own brother and a rival gang member with a crossbow.

In 2018, Anthony Lawrence killed his neighbour and injured a pregnant woman with a crossbow he had altered to make the bolts lethal.

Bradford serial killer Stephen Shaun Griffiths called himself the Crossbow Cannibal in court after fatally shooting a victim with one.

There is no evidence to suggest Amazon sold the crossbow held in the video by the suspected Palace intruder.

Amazon was contacted by The Sun for comment.

Earlier this year, a crossbow bloodbath survivor whose partner was murdered by a crazed killer's arrow pleaded for the "medieval" weapons to be outlawed.

Laura Sugden, who was 20 weeks pregnant during the attack, said it was "unbelievable" that the type of bow which killed her partner had gone under the radar during Downing Street's purge on gun and knife crime.

Backing the new campaign, Laura's solicitor Ison Harrison added: "The laws that govern the use of crossbows in the UK are woefully inadequate. 

"In recent years, there have been several high-profile murders, but still crossbows are readily available to purchase for as little as £150.

"They are powerful and life-endangering weapons that ought to require the same checks and licences as gun owners.

"Yet we do not know how many crossbows there are in circulation in the UK or in what circumstances they are held.

"Something must be done to help stop such horrific attacks and deaths."

A Government source told The Telegraph: “A review of crossbow ownership and regulation is underway and ministers will be presented with options in the new year.

"It was instituted by the Home Secretary earlier this year and will incorporate any lessons to be learned from the latest incident.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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