Security beefed up at the White House

WASHINGTON: A US government panel on Thursday approved measures to boost security at the White House, adding a new set of metal spikes to the fence after a series of breaches.

The National Capital Planning Commission approved the temporary addition of roughly seven-inch (18-centimeter) “pencil point” spikes, a spokesman said.

The additions are designed to “slow or prevent intruders from getting over the fence,” according to the proposal originally put to the panel.

The move comes after a string of high-profile security breaches at the White House.

On September 19, a disturbed Army veteran jumped the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the building with a knife in his pocket.

In April, US Secret Service agents arrested an intruder who scaled the fence on the south side of the presidential mansion.