Man arrested after approaching Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall

A man is in police custody after he left a queue of mourners and approached the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Friday night.

The Metropolitan Police said the incident happened at around 10pm, as the live feed from inside the hall cut off for a short time.

A statement from Scotland Yard said: “At around 22:00hrs on Friday 16 September, officers from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man at Westminster Hall following a disturbance.

“He was arrested for an offense under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody.”

A spokesman for the UK parliament offered more details of the man’s actions, saying in a statement: “We are aware of an incident at Westminster Hall, where a member of the public left the queue and headed on the Catafalque.

“They have now cleared the Hall and the queue has restarted with little disruption.”

It comes after a 19-year-old man allegedly exposed and pushed mourners from behind as they waited in line at Victoria Tower Gardens on Wednesday.

Adio Adeshine is said to have gone into the River Thames in an attempt to evade police before emerging and being arrested.

He was remanded in custody on Friday after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

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