Man arrested after ‘disturbance’ at Westminster Hall as mourners queue to see Queen

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A man has been arrested following ‘unrest’ at Westminster Hall, where the Queen is lying in state.

Met police officers detained the man at around 10 a.m. on Friday, following an incident that took place as mourners gathered in the hall to pay tribute to the late monarch.

Mourners have queued for 13 hours or more to see the queen ahead of her funeral on Monday.

A woman queuing to see the coffin claimed that her seven-year-old daughter was thrown out of the way during the incident.

The Queen lies in state at Westminster Hall

Mother Tracy Holland told sky News: “The police caught him within two seconds. We are trying to get him back again.

“She has been up since 2 o’clock, and has been in the queue for 15 hours.”

She continued: “Horrible, absolutely terrifying, so outrageous and unbelievable – and this poor seven-year-old, this is her enduring memory of the Queen.”

A spokesman for the UK Parliament said: “We are aware of an incident at Westminster Hall in which a member of the public walked out of line towards the Catafalk.

“They have now been removed from the hall and the queue has resumed with minimal disruption.”

Condolences queuing for hours to get the darshan of the queen

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

Adio Adeshine is said to have walked across the River Thames in an attempt to escape the police before coming out and being arrested.

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

On the latest arrest, a spokesman for the Weather Police said: “At approximately 22:00 on Friday 16 September, officials from the Weather Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained one person following a disturbance at Westminster Hall.

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

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attend a vigil in the hall two and a half hours before the event

Earlier in the evening, King Charles and his siblings attended the Princess of the Vigil in the same hall.

Along with Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, the king stood in silence on the side of the coffin for 15 minutes at around 7.30am.

Public viewing of the coffin will continue until 6.30 a.m. on Monday, the day of the Queen’s funeral, at nearby Westminster Abbey.

As of 9 p.m. Friday, the state queue watchdog of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports said the lines were expected to last “at least 22 hours”, with people saying “overnight temperatures will remain cool”.

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