A man who appeared to rush Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall is now in custody, according to reports.
Hundreds of thousands of people will make their way past Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, but one guy is getting all the attention for rushing the casket and getting tackled and arrested.
It happened late Friday … a guy in line rushed toward Queen Elizabeth’s coffin and pulled the flag that draped it.
He was swiftly tackled by British police and held on to the ground. This all went down on a live feed. The guy was arrested for violating the Public Order Act. It’s unclear what he intended to do.
Security tackled the man to the ground as he tried to rip away the flag covering the coffin, with the incident unfolding in front of shocked mourners who had waited hours for a chance to see the queen.
Live streams from Westminster Hall, which are on a 30-second delay, were cut for about 15 minutes around 10 pm local time as security guards pinned the man to the ground.
Witness, Tracey Holland, told Sky News: “Some person decided they were going to push my (seven-year-old niece) out the way, run up to the coffin, lift up the standard and try to do I don’t know what.
“She was grabbed out the way and the police had him within two seconds.
“Terrible, absolutely terrible, so disrespectful and unbelievable — and this poor little seven-year-old child, this is her lasting memory of the Queen.”
It is understood the man ran at the catafalque — the raised platform holding the coffin — and tried to lift the royal standard and put his hands on the royal casket.
The incident happened just hours after King Charles and his siblings stood vigil alongside the casket of the Queen.
One witness told MailOnline that a woman screamed as the man ran at the coffin and others were seen crying and shaking.
“We saw him (the man) in the queue from the beginning of the queue and throughout the day, he was by himself.
“When we entered the room we were at the top of the stairs when we saw the incident. A lady screamed as it happened it was quite unnerving. Although he was detained and people kept calm and carried on.”
The Metropolitan Police have arrested the man on suspicion of a public order offence.
“At 10 pm on Friday 16 September officers from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance,” a spokesperson said.
“He was arrested for an offence under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody.”
The lines are so long, that people will wait as long as 28 hours to say their final goodbye to the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is set for Monday, which more than a billion people are expected to watch on TV and online.