Man charged with public order offence after ‘disturbance’ by Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall | UK News

A man who was arrested on Friday night in Westminster Hall where the Queen is lying in state has been charged with a public order offence.

Police had said there were reports of “a disturbance” in the sombre hall on Friday night after a member of the public moved out of the queue of mourners and approached the Queen’s coffin.

A parliament spokesman added that the person “moved out of the queue and towards the catafalque (raised platform)” before they were “removed from the hall and the queue restarted with minimal disruption”.

The incident happened as the live feed from inside Westminster Hall cut away for a brief period.

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On Saturday night, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “A man who was arrested in Westminster Hall on Friday, September 16, has been charged.

“Muhammad Khan, 28, of Barleycorn Way, Tower Hamlets, was charged on Saturday, September 17, with an offence under Section 4A of the Public Order Act; behaviour intending to cause alarm, harassment or distress.”

He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the same day as the Queen‘s state funeral.

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Khan is the second person to be charged with committing an offence while in the queue to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state.

A 19-year-old man allegedly exposed himself and pushed into mourners from behind as they waited in the 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 coming out 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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