Tourist arrested for breaking into Colosseum

Polish tourist scaled Colosseum security gates after closing time.

A 23-year-old Polish tourist was arrested after Rome's urban police officers witnessed him breaking into the Colosseum at 18.30 on 7 September, according to reports in Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.

The intruder, possibly under the influence of drugs, was arrested after a brief search but not before he reportedly attacked two security guards with a knuckle-duster.

The tourist caused injuries to police officers too, as well as the police car, and spent the night at a local hospital before facing the courts on 8 September.

The incident, which was filmed by passersby, is the latest in a string of bad-news stories for the Colosseum, including lack of security, break-ins and vandalism.