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Pavement outside White House shut permanently to public

(BBC News) The US Secret Service has announced it has permanently closed access to a sidewalk along the perimeter of the White House.

The decision was part of an “ongoing comprehensive review” of security measures at the White House and its surrounding grounds, the agency said.

It comes one month after a man armed with pepper spray jumped the fence and was inside the grounds for 16 minutes.

Two Secret Service agents who were on duty that night were fired.