Man charged with Public Order Act offence after approaching Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

The incident occurred around 10pm on Friday night, as the live feed from inside the hall cut away for a brief period

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A man has been charged after approaching Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in Westminster Hall.

Muhammad Khan, 28, has been charged with an offence under Section 4A of the Public Order Act after a man left the queue of mourners and approached the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday night, the Metropolitan Police said.

A statement said: “Muhammad Khan, 28, (8/5/94) of Barleycorn Way, Tower Hamlets was charged on Saturday, 17 September, with an offence under Section 4A of the Public Order Act; behaviour indenting to cause alarm, harassment or distress.

"He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 19 September."

Metropolitan Police said the incident occurred around 10pm, as the live feed from inside the hall cut away for a brief period.

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.”

It comes after 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.