Man arrested after allegedly charging at Queen’s coffin during lying-in-state

A man has been arrested after allegedly charging at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall, it has been reported.

The individual was reportedly taken to the floor by Metropolitan Police officers and arrested.

The Met told ITV: “At 22:00hrs on Friday 16 September officers from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance. He was arrested for an offence under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody”.

Viewers of the BBC’s live stream reported that the feed went down for 10 minutes.

It is understood that the line of mourners was stopped for approximately 15 minutes but has now been restarted.

The Metropolitan Police have been contacted for comment.

Thousands of people have queued – some for more than 24 hours – to pay tribute to the late Queen, whose coffin is lying in state until her state funeral on Monday. 

On Friday, the King, Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex joined members of the public in the hall as they led a vigil at their mother’s side.

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