Police stop a would-be intruder outside Berlusconi’s hospital room

Unarmed man reportedly had “hockey sticks in his car”

An intruder who said he simply “wanted to talk to the prime minister” was arrested by police outside Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s hospital room in Milan. “He was coming out of the lift when bodyguards and police immobilised him immediately,” a government spokesperson said. Though the 26-year-old man was neither armed nor aggressive, the man has apparently been treated for mental health issues in the past and police “found hockey sticks in his car.” Berlusconi remains in hospital recovering from a broken nose, facial cuts and two lost teeth after an attacker threw a souvenir model of Milan’s cathedral into his face on Sunday.


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