The Metropolitan Police are continuing to question a man arrested for rushing out and grabbing the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Friday night.
Mourners looked on in shock as the man raced towards the catafalque around 10pm on Friday.
Officers tackled the man to the floor last night after he pushed through the queue, knocking aside a seven-year-old girl, in a scramble up to the coffin in the centre of the hall in London – and then touched the Queen’s casket, even managing to lift the Royal Standard in which it is draped.
The man arrested after rushing out of the queue of mourners and grabbing the Queen’s coffin at the Palace of Westminster in a security scare that stunned police and well-wishers was behaving ‘strangely’ and had waited 14 hours to get close enough to the late monarch lying-in-state, eyewitnesses have claimed.
The Metropolitan Police said the incident occurred at around 10pm, as the live feed from inside the hall cut away for a brief period. A…