Young Eastwood spy infiltrates MI5 HQ

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Move over, James Bond — Newton Mearns boy Jamie Dougall swapped Eastwood High for MI5 recently, proving his credentials as a top young spy.

The 13-year-old won a Blue Peter competition by outwitting opponents from across the UK at code breaking and mental and physical challenges, winning one of three places as a CBBC Intelligence Officer.

Part of the prize was a special visit to Thames House, London’s MI5 headquarters, where he met director general Andrew Parker.

The visit was broadcast on Blue Peter and on US programme NBC Good Morning, marking the first time that television cameras were allowed to film inside Thames House.

Unfortunately for Jamie’s father, the invite didn’t extend to chaperones — and poor dad was left standing outside.

Jamies said: “It was really cool and exciting. We were the first people to be allowed inside MI5 HQ for a tour.

“I enjoyed taking part in all the challenges, which included flying in a helicopter, completing a treasure hunt in Manchester and undertaking an observation challenge, where we had to lookfor suspicious things in the city.

“I like reading spy books by Anthony Horowitz and watching James Bond films, and this experience has made me want to work for MI5.”

Head teacher Stuart Maxwell congratulated the young spy on his position as intelligence officer, adding: “Everyone at Eastwood High and Jamie’s family are extremely proud of his achievements.”