Man arrested climbing White House fence

Police in front of the White House on 16 September 2013

The US Secret Service has arrested a man who tried to climb over the White House fence, leading to a security lockdown.

The unidentified would-be intruder was carrying two bags, which are being screened, said the authorities.

"[The suspect] did not make it over the fence," a Secret Service spokesman told Reuters news agency.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were not in the White House at the time.

Both had travelled to Michigan for the signing of agricultural legislation.

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