Man arrested after approaching Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in Westminster Hall

A man is in police custody after he moved out of the queue of mourners and approached Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday night

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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 statement from Scotland Yard said: “Around 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.”

A spokesperson for UK Parliament offered more detail of the man’s actions, saying in a statement: “We’re aware of an incident in Westminster Hall, in which a member of the public moved out of the queue and towards the Catafalque.

“They have now been removed from the Hall and the queue restarted with minimal disruption.”