GALLERY: SENIOR police have labelled serial pest Peter Hore an imbecilic criminal who had the potential to cause an international incident during the royal visit.
Mr Hore, 54, was arrested by counter-terrorism police at Hamilton railway station on Wednesday as he was about to board a Sydney-bound train just hours before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their son Prince George, were to meet massive crowds at the Opera House.
He was later charged with being a convicted person with intent to commit an indictable offence and spent more than 24 hours in custody before being released on strict conditional bail that he not visit Sydney for five days.
Mr Hore has a long history of disrupting major public events, including Michael Hutchence’s and TJ Smith’s funerals, the 1997 World Cup soccer qualifier, the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis final and a Newcastle Knights game where he rode to the centre of the field on a tricycle carrying several cats.
He was also on bail for allegedly disrupting an Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry earlier this month where a special constable suffered a bad head cut when he struck a table trying to subdue Hore.
‘‘It is all very well him courting media attention and doing things like he [allegedly] did at ICAC where a security officer was seriously injured,’’ Detective Superintendent Darren Bennett, of the counter-terrorism unit, said on Thursday.
‘‘The bloke is an imbecile and should not be treated as anything but a criminal.
‘‘If he had made it to Sydney, there may well have been another fracas with police, possibly even with the VIPs themselves, and that was simply a risk we were not prepared to take.’’
Outside the court on Wednesday, Mr Hore, who labelled himself "the King of Ireland", said he had no intention of visiting the royals and was adamant that he had orchestrated the whole thing.
Mr Hore said he intended to defend the charges and simply wanted to send the royals a copy of a CD he had produced including a song called "God Save the King".
Detective Superintendent Bennett said Mr Hore was already a ‘‘person of interest’’ during the planning of security for the royal visit before he became an ‘‘elevated risk’’ when he said on local radio last week that he intended to go to Sydney for the tour.
There were three days which were identified as possible targets - the Sydney Opera House visit on Wednesday, the Blue Mountains visit on Thursday and the Royal Easter Show visit on Friday.
Counter-terrorism officers followed Hore to Hamilton railway station on Wednesday morning where he allegedly bought a ticket to Sydney.
But as he attempted to board a Sydney-bound train about 8.30am, he was arrested.