The Reading / Listening - Royal Palaces - Level 6

People would expect the highest of security measures at London's royal palaces. However, an "astonishing" statistic recently released revealed that in the past three years, hundreds of crimes have taken place in or near royal households, with the majority going unpunished. London's Metropolitan Police reported that 470 offences were recorded at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James' Palace and Clarence House between 2019 and 2021. The latter abode is home to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is heir to the British throne. The crimes included arson, theft, drugs possession, robbery, and violence against a person. Less than one per cent of the crimes led to anyone being cautioned, fined or charged.

Dai Davies, a former Head of Royal Protection, said the number of crimes reported was "frightening". He told Britain's Sky News: "If you can steal or cause incidents at or near the royals, what does that say about the current security? If these offences have an impact on the personal safety of the royals, that would give me great concern." The Metropolitan Police replied: "The Met has responsibility for security in and around the royal palaces, but we will not comment on matters relating to security." It added: "The majority of offences committed at or within the vicinity of the palaces were thefts. Officers will always endeavour to pursue all viable and proportionate lines of enquiry."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Royal Palaces - Level 4  or  Royal Palaces - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/crimes-buckhingham-palace-kensington-palace-st-james-palace-clarence-house-b995751.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/revealed-hundreds-of-crimes-recorded-at-royal-palaces-including-drugs-weapons-and-violence-offences-12593802
  • https://www.joe.co.uk/news/hundreds-of-crimes-reported-at-royal-palaces-with-hundreds-going-completely-unpunished-331270


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. ROYAL PALACES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about royal palaces. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       security measures / royal palaces / London / crimes / majority / theft / robbery / fine
       protection / frightening / personal safety / royals / responsibility / offences / enquiry
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. POLICE: Students A strongly believe royals should comment more on crime cases; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SECURITY: What difficulties are there in keeping these places safe? What would security measures would you take? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Difficulties

Security Measures

Royal palaces

 

 

Schools

 

 

Airports

 

 

Shopping malls

 

 

Voting centres

 

 

Army bases

 

 

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5. ROYAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "royal". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CRIMES: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst crimes at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Arson
  • Theft
  • Speeding
  • Drugs
  • Vandalism
  • Shoplifting
  • Corruption
  • Robbery

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. measure a. Breaches of a law or rule; an illegal act.
      2. astonishing b. A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.
      3. reveal c. Makes something known to other people.
      4. offences d. A person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person's death.
      5. abode e. The action of stealing from a person or place.
      6. heir f. Extremely surprising or impressive; amazing.
      7. robbery g. A place of residence; a house or home.

    Paragraph 2

      8. incidents h. The action or crime of stealing.
      9. impact i. Corresponding in size or amount to something else.
      10. vicinity j. Capable of working successfully; feasible.
      11. theft k. The area near or surrounding a particular place.
      12. endeavour l. Try hard to do or achieve something.
      13. viable m. Examples of something happening; events or occurrences.
      14. proportionate n. A big effect or influence on someone or something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says people expect the highest security is at all UK palaces.    T / F
  2. There have been hundreds of crimes at UK palaces in the past decade.    T / F
  3. There were no crimes at London's Buckingham Palace.     T / F
  4. Fewer than 1% of the crimes resulted in cautions, fines or charges.     T / F
  5. A former head of royal protection was frightened by being in palaces.     T / F
  6. The former head questioned the current security of royal palaces.     T / F
  7. London's police said it did not comment on issues of royal security.     T / F
  8. The police said most of the crimes near the palaces were thefts.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. expect
  2. astonishing
  3. majority
  4. robbery
  5. cautioned
  6. former
  7. steal
  8. impact
  9. matters
  10. viable
  1. effect
  2. presume
  3. burglary
  4. workable
  5. ex-
  6. issues
  7. warned
  8. thieve
  9. greater part
  10. amazing

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the highest of security
  2. an "astonishing" statistic
  3. The latter abode
  4. The crimes included
  5. being cautioned, fined
  6. have an impact
  7. that would give me great
  8. comment on matters
  9. within the vicinity
  10. lines of
  1. is home to Charles
  2. of the palaces
  3. or charged
  4. enquiry
  5. concern
  6. measures
  7. arson
  8. on the personal safety
  9. recently released
  10. relating to security

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
person
abode
anyone
going
highest
arson
statistic
recorded

People would expect the (1) _____________________ of security measures at London's royal palaces. However, an "astonishing" (2) _____________________ recently released revealed that in the past three years, hundreds of crimes have taken place in or near royal households, with the majority (3) _____________________ unpunished. London's Metropolitan Police reported that 470 offences were (4) _____________________ at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James' Palace and Clarence House between 2019 and 2021. The latter (5) _____________________ is home to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is heir to the British throne. The crimes included (6) _____________________, theft, drugs possession, robbery, and violence against a (7) _____________________. Less than one per cent of the crimes led to (8) _____________________ being cautioned, fined or charged.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
concern
pursue
incidents
matters
number
lines
current
vicinity

Dai Davies, a former Head of Royal Protection, said the (9) _____________________ of crimes reported was "frightening". He told Britain's Sky News: "If you can steal or cause (10) _____________________ at or near the royals, what does that say about the (11) _____________________ security? If these offences have an impact on the personal safety of the royals, that would give me great (12) _____________________." The Metropolitan Police replied: "The Met has responsibility for security in and around the royal palaces, but we will not comment on (13) _____________________ relating to security." It added: "The majority of offences committed at or within the (14) _____________________ of the palaces were thefts. Officers will always endeavour to (15) _____________________ all viable and proportionate (16) _____________________ of enquiry."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  an "astonishing" statistic recently released revealed that in the ______
     a.  past three years
     b.  parsed three years
     c.  pasted three years
     d.  passed three years
2)  crimes have taken place in or near royal households, with the ______
     a.  majority goon unpunished
     b.  majority gone unpunished
     c.  majority going unpunished
     d.  majority go in unpunished
3)  The latter abode is home to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is ______ British throne
     a.  hair to the
     b.  heir to the
     c.  hare to the
     d.  here to the
4)  crimes included arson, theft, drugs possession, robbery, and violence ______
     a.  against ape person
     b.  against at person
     c.  against the person
     d.  against a person
5)  Less than one per cent of the crimes led to anyone being cautioned, ______
     a.  fined or changed
     b.  fined or charged
     c.  fined or charted
     d.  fined or charmed

6)  a former Head of Royal Protection, said the number of crimes ______
     a.  reported was "frightened"
     b.  reported was "frying"
     c.  reported was "fright thinning"
     d.  reported was "frightening"
7)  or cause incidents at or near the royals, what does that say about ______?
     a.  the currant security
     b.  the currents security
     c.  the current security
     d.  the currency security
8)  in and around the royal palaces, but we will not comment on matters ______
     a.  relating to security
     b.  relay tin to security
     c.  relate tin to security
     d.  relate in to security
9)  The majority of offences committed at or within the vicinity of the ______
     a.  palaces were deft
     b.  palaces were thefts
     c.  palaces were deftness
     d.  palaces were thieves
10)  endeavour to pursue all viable and proportionate ______
     a.  lines of enquiry
     b.  lines of equity
     c.  aligns of enquiry
     d.  lives of equity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People would expect the (1) ____________________ measures at London's royal palaces. However, an "astonishing" statistic recently released revealed that in the past three years, (2) ____________________ have taken place in or near royal households, with the majority going unpunished. London's Metropolitan Police reported that 470 offences (3) ____________________ Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James' Palace and Clarence House between 2019 and 2021. The (4) ____________________ home to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is heir to the British throne. The crimes (5) ____________________, drugs possession, robbery, and violence against a person. Less than one per cent of the crimes led to anyone (6) ____________________ or charged.

Dai Davies, (7) ____________________ of Royal Protection, said the number of crimes reported was "frightening". He told Britain's Sky News: "If you can steal or (8) ____________________ or near the royals, what does that say about the current security? If these offences have (9) ____________________ the personal safety of the royals, that would give me great concern." The Metropolitan Police replied: "The Met has responsibility for security in and around the royal palaces, but we will not (10) ____________________ relating to security." It added: "The majority of offences committed at or (11) ____________________ of the palaces were thefts. Officers will always endeavour to (12) ____________________ and proportionate lines of enquiry."

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article say people expect to exist at London's royal palaces?
  2. Within what time period did the crimes take place?
  3. Who said 470 crimes were committed?
  4. Where does the heir to the British throne live?
  5. What percentage of crimes led to cautions, fines or charges?
  6. What was the former job of Dai Davies?
  7. Who did Dai Davies express his concerns to?
  8. What matters did London's police force say it would not comment on?
  9. What crime was committed most?
  10. What did London's police force say it would always pursue?

Multiple choice quiz

1) What does the article say people expect to exist at London's royal palaces?
a) crowds of tourists
b) soldiers in red uniforms
c) Beefeaters
d) the highest security measures
2) Within what time period did the crimes take place?
a) this century
b) three years
c) a decade
d) six months
3) Who said 470 crimes were committed?
a) Boris Johnson
b) Queen Elizabeth II
c) Sky News
d) the Metropolitan Police
4) Where does the heir to the British throne live?
a) Kensington Palace
b) Buckingham Palace
c) Clarence House
d) St James' Palace
5) What percentage of crimes led to cautions, fines or charges?
a) 72%
b) 12%
c) about 5%
d) less than 1%
6) What was the former job of Dai Davies?
a) Head of the Metropolitan Police
b) Head of Buckingham Palace
c) Head of Royal Protection
d) Head of Sky News
7) Who did Dai Davies express his concerns to?
a) Sky News
b) the Metropolitan Police
c) Queen Elizabeth II
d) Boris Johnson
8) What matters did London's police force say it would not comment on?
a) dark matter
b) secret matters
c) security matters
d) trivial matters
9) What crime was committed most?
a) drugs
b) theft
c) robbery
d) speeding
10) What did London's police force say it would always pursue?
a) lines of enquiry
b) criminals
c) truth and justice
d) Boris Johnson

Role play

Role  A – Arson
You think arson is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which of these requires the most lenient punishment (and why): theft, shoplifting or corruption.

Role  B – Theft
You think theft is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which of these requires the most lenient punishment (and why): arson, shoplifting or corruption.

Role  C – Shoplifting
You think shoplifting is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which of these requires the most lenient punishment (and why): theft, arson or corruption.

Role  D – Corruption
You think corruption is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which of these requires the most lenient punishment (and why): theft, shoplifting or arson.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'royal'

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  • and 'palace'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • measures
    • hundreds
    • 470
    • latter
    • arson
    • less
    • former
    • current
    • personal
    • great
    • added
    • lines

    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Royal Palaces

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'royal'?
    3. What do you think of royalty?
    4. Who should pay for royal palaces?
    5. Who should pay for the security of royals?
    6. What do you know about Buckingham Palace?
    7. What do you know about the world's royal families?
    8. Why do you think crimes are going unpunished?
    9. What do you know about Britain's Prince Charles?
    10. What is the police force like in your country?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'palace'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do we need royal families?
    5. How safe do you feel in your country?
    6. How effective are the police in your country?
    7. How safe do you think royals feel in public?
    8. Would you like to be a royal?
    9. Would you like to live in a royal palace?
    10. What questions would you like to ask London's police force?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    People would expect the highest (1) ____ security measures at London's royal palaces. However, an "astonishing" statistic (2) ____ released revealed that in the past three years, hundreds of crimes have taken place in or near royal households, with the majority (3) ____ unpunished. London's Metropolitan Police reported that 470 offences were (4) ____ at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James' Palace and Clarence House between 2019 and 2021. The latter (5) ____ is home to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is heir to the British throne. The crimes included arson, theft, drugs possession, robbery, and violence against a person. Less than one per cent of the crimes led to anyone being (6) ____, fined or charged.

    Dai Davies, a (7) ____ Head of Royal Protection, said the number of crimes reported was "frightening". He told Britain's Sky News: "If you can steal or cause incidents at or near the royals, what does that (8) ____ about the current security? If these offences have an impact (9) ____ the personal safety of the royals, that would give me great concern." The Metropolitan Police replied: "The Met has responsibility for security in and around the royal palaces, but we will not comment on (10) ____ relating to security." It added: "The majority of offences committed at or within the (11) ____ of the palaces were thefts. Officers will always endeavour to pursue all viable and proportionate (12) ____ of enquiry."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     for     (d)     on    
    2. (a)     recent     (b)     recently     (c)     recant     (d)     recanted    
    3. (a)     goes     (b)     gone     (c)     go     (d)     going    
    4. (a)     produced     (b)     recorded     (c)     sampled     (d)     mixed    
    5. (a)     bide     (b)     abode     (c)     abide     (d)     bode    
    6. (a)     cantered     (b)     crated     (c)     cautioned     (d)     carted    
    7. (a)     firmer     (b)     framer     (c)     former     (d)     famer    
    8. (a)     address     (b)     orate     (c)     say     (d)     voice    
    9. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    10. (a)     matters     (b)     issue     (c)     topic     (d)     concern    
    11. (a)     vicinity     (b)     trinity     (c)     innit     (d)     divinity    
    12. (a)     rules     (b)     edges     (c)     lines     (d)     rims

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. with the oamtyrij going unpunished
    3. The latter bdaeo is home to Charles
    4. heir to the British ohtenr
    5. arson, fhett, drugs possession...
    6. robbery, and volecien against a person

    Paragraph 2

    1. stdnecini at or near the royals
    2. The eaolponMirtt Police
    3. The majority of fsofcnee committed
    4. within the iicniyvt of the palaces
    5. lvabie and proportionate
    6. lines of enqiyru

    Put the text back together

    (...)  safety of the royals, that would give me great concern." The Metropolitan Police replied: "The Met has responsibility
    (...)  to the British throne. The crimes included arson, theft, drugs possession, robbery, and violence
    (...)  place in or near royal households, with the majority going unpunished. London's Metropolitan Police reported that 470
    (...)  thefts. Officers will always endeavour to pursue all viable and proportionate lines of enquiry."
    (...)  Britain's Sky News: "If you can steal or cause incidents at or near the royals, what does that say
    (...)  offences were recorded at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James' Palace and Clarence House
    (...)  against a person. Less than one per cent of the crimes led to anyone being cautioned, fined or charged.
    (...)  Dai Davies, a former Head of Royal Protection, said the number of crimes reported was "frightening". He told
    (...)  between 2019 and 2021. The latter abode is home to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is heir
    1  ) People would expect the highest of security measures at London's royal palaces. However, an "astonishing" statistic
    (...)  recently released revealed that in the past three years, hundreds of crimes have taken
    (...)  for security in and around the royal palaces, but we will not comment on matters relating
    (...)  to security." It added: "The majority of offences committed at or within the vicinity of the palaces were
    (...)  about the current security? If these offences have an impact on the personal

    Put the words in the right order

    1. security   would   expect   highest   measures   .   of   the   People
    2. statistic   An   revealed   astonishing   that   .   recently   released
    3. Crimes   royal   near   place   households   .   taken   have
    4. throne   .   is   to   who   the   Charles,   heir   British
    5. of   the   one   crimes   .   per   than   cent   Less
    6. number   crimes   of   was   reported   The   frightening   .
    7. impact   personal   safety   of   An   the   on   royals   .
    8. won't   relating   We   on   comment   security   .   to   matters
    9. or   vicinity   at   palaces   .   within   of   Committed   the
    10. proportionate   of   enquiry   .   viable   lines   all   and   Pursue

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    People would expect the highest of security measure / measures at London's royal palaces. However, an "astonishing" statistic recently released revel / revealed that in the past three years, hundreds of crimes / criminals have taken place in or near royal households, with the majority going punishable / unpunished. London's Metropolitan Police reported that 470 offences / defences were recorded at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James' Palace and Clarence House among / between 2019 and 2021. The latter / litter abode is home to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is heir / air to the British throne. The crimes included arson, theft / thieve, drugs possession, robbery, and violence against a person. Less than one per cent of the crimes led to anyone being cautioned, fined or charged / changed.

    Dai Davies, a firmer / former Head of Royal Protection, said the number of crimes reported was "frightening". He told Britain's Sky News: "If you can steal / steel or cause incidents at or nearly / near the royals, what does that say about the current / currant security? If these offences have an impact in / on the personal safety of the royals, that would give me great concern." The Metropolitan Police replied: "The Met has responsibility on / for security in and around the royal palaces, but we will not commentary / comment on matters relating to security / secure." It added: "The majority of offences committed at or within / without the vicinity of the palaces were thefts. Officers will always endeavour to pursue all valuable / viable and proportionate lines of enquiry."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    P__pl_  w__ld  _xp_ct  th_  h_gh_st  _f  s_c_r_ty  m__s_r_s  _t  L_nd_n's  r_y_l  p_l_c_s.  H_w_v_r,  _n  "_st_n_sh_ng"  st_t_st_c  r_c_ntly  r_l__s_d  r_v__l_d  th_t  _n  th_  p_st  thr__  y__rs,  h_ndr_ds  _f  cr_m_s  h_v_  t_k_n  pl_c_  _n  _r  n__r  r_y_l  h__s_h_lds,  w_th  th_  m_j_r_ty  g__ng  _np_n_sh_d.  L_nd_n's  M_tr_p_l_t_n  P_l_c_  r_p_rt_d  th_t  470  _ff_nc_s  w_r_  r_c_rd_d  _t  B_ck_ngh_m  P_l_c_,  K_ns_ngt_n  P_l_c_,  St  J_m_s'  P_l_c_  _nd  Cl_r_nc_  H__s_  b_tw__n  2019  _nd  2021.  Th_  l_tt_r  _b_d_  _s  h_m_  t_  Ch_rl_s,  Pr_nc_  _f  W_l_s,  wh_  _s  h__r  t_  th_  Br_t_sh  thr_n_.  Th_  cr_m_s  _ncl_d_d  _rs_n,  th_ft,  dr_gs  p_ss_ss__n,  r_bb_ry,  _nd  v__l_nc_  _g__nst  _  p_rs_n.  L_ss  th_n  _n_  p_r  c_nt  _f  th_  cr_m_s  l_d  t_  _ny_n_  b__ng  c__t__n_d,  f_n_d  _r  ch_rg_d.

    D__  D_v__s,  _  f_rm_r  H__d  _f  R_y_l  Pr_t_ct__n,  s__d  th_  n_mb_r  _f  cr_m_s  r_p_rt_d  w_s  "fr_ght_n_ng".  H_  t_ld  Br_t__n's  Sky  N_ws:  "_f  y__  c_n  st__l  _r  c__s_  _nc_d_nts  _t  _r  n__r  th_  r_y_ls,  wh_t  d__s  th_t  s_y  _b__t  th_  c_rr_nt  s_c_r_ty?  _f  th_s_  _ff_nc_s  h_v_  _n  _mp_ct  _n  th_  p_rs_n_l  s_f_ty  _f  th_  r_y_ls,  th_t  w__ld  g_v_  m_  gr__t  c_nc_rn."  Th_  M_tr_p_l_t_n  P_l_c_  r_pl__d:  "Th_  M_t  h_s  r_sp_ns_b_l_ty  f_r  s_c_r_ty  _n  _nd  _r__nd  th_  r_y_l  p_l_c_s,  b_t  w_  w_ll  n_t  c_mm_nt  _n  m_tt_rs  r_l_t_ng  t_  s_c_r_ty."  _t  _dd_d:  "Th_  m_j_r_ty  _f  _ff_nc_s  c_mm_tt_d  _t  _r  w_th_n  th_  v_c_n_ty  _f  th_  p_l_c_s  w_r_  th_fts.  _ff_c_rs  w_ll  _lw_ys  _nd__v__r  t_  p_rs__  _ll  v__bl_  _nd  pr_p_rt__n_t_  l_n_s  _f  _nq__ry."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    people would expect the highest of security measures at londons royal palaces however an astonishing statistic recently released revealed that in the past three years hundreds of crimes have taken place in or near royal households with the majority going unpunished londons metropolitan police reported that 470 offences were recorded at buckingham palace kensington palace st james palace and clarence house between 2019 and 2021 the latter abode is home to charles prince of wales who is heir to the british throne the crimes included arson theft drugs possession robbery and violence against a person less than one per cent of the crimes led to anyone being cautioned fined or charged

    dai davies a former head of royal protection said the number of crimes reported was frightening he told britains sky news if you can steal or cause incidents at or near the royals what does that say about the current security if these offences have an impact on the personal safety of the royals that would give me great concern the metropolitan police replied the met has responsibility for security in and around the royal palaces but we will not comment on matters relating to security it added the majority of offences committed at or within the vicinity of the palaces were thefts officers will always endeavour to pursue all viable and proportionate lines of enquiry

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    PeoplewouldexpectthehighestofsecuritymeasuresatLondon'sroyalp
    alaces.However,an"astonishing"statisticrecentlyreleasedrevealedt
    hatinthepastthreeyears,hundredsofcrimeshavetakenplaceinornear
    royalhouseholds,withthemajoritygoingunpunished.London'sMetrop
    olitanPolicereportedthat470offenceswererecordedatBuckinghamPa
    lace,KensingtonPalace,StJames'PalaceandClarenceHousebetween2
    019and2021.ThelatterabodeishometoCharles,PrinceofWales,whois
    heirtotheBritishthrone.Thecrimesincludedarson,theft,drugspossess
    ion,robbery,andviolenceagainstaperson.Lessthanonepercentofthec
    rimesledtoanyonebeingcautioned,finedorcharged.DaiDavies,aform
    erHeadofRoyalProtection,saidthenumberofcrimesreportedwas"frig
    htening".HetoldBritain'sSkyNews:"Ifyoucanstealorcauseincidentsa
    torneartheroyals,whatdoesthatsayaboutthecurrentsecurity?Ifthese
    offenceshaveanimpactonthepersonalsafetyoftheroyals,thatwouldgi
    vemegreatconcern."TheMetropolitanPolicereplied:"TheMethasresp
    onsibilityforsecurityinandaroundtheroyalpalaces,butwewillnotcom
    mentonmattersrelatingtosecurity."Itadded:"Themajorityofoffences
    committedatorwithinthevicinityofthepalaceswerethefts.Officerswill
    alwaysendeavourtopursueallviableandproportionatelinesofenquiry.
    "

    Free writing

    Write about royal palaces for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Public funds should not be used to provide security to royal palaces. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. ROYAL PALACES: Make a poster about royal palaces. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. POLICING: Write a magazine article about royal palaces getting more policing. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on royal palaces. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on royal palaces. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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