After allegedly attempting to grab the Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, a man has been charged with a public order offense.
According to The UK Guardian, Muhammad Khan, 28, of East London, was charged on Saturday under the Public Order Act for “behavior intended to cause alarm, harassment, or distress.”
In Westminster Hall, where the Queen was lying in state, there were claims of a “disturbance” on Friday night. It was said that someone was spotted sprinting up the steps to the catafalque, a pall-covered structure used at requiem masses held after burial, and touching the coffin.
Just before 10 o’clock on Friday, the second full day that mourners were free to pay their respects to the former monarch, it was reported that the Metropolitan police raced to detain the individual.
This comes several hours earlier, senior royals had gathered for a vigil.
According to a statement from the police, a man has been accused of violating the Public Order Act.
Broadcasters at the time of the occurrence cut away from the action to show the view from outside parliament while still presenting the parade of mourners.
Muhammad Khan will show up in custody today Monday at Westminster magistrates court.