Remembrance Sunday service RUINED as 'idiot' sets off fireworks during 2 minute silence

Witnesses claimed a man launched a “rocket” shortly after 11am as veterans and members of the public gathered to pay their respects in Eccles, Salford. The man, believed to be a squatter at a disused pub across the road from the cenotaph, ignited the fireworks as he sat on a ledge of a first floor window. The Last Post was being played shortly after the two minutes’ silence when witnesses heard the racket. 

A crowd of angry veterans gathered outside the building shouting, "Get him out!" and trying to break the door of the pub down.

Others incensed onlookers attempted to climb up to the window.

The man was protected by a lone police officer who stood blocking the door shouting into his police radio as he struggled to hold the crowd back.

Before long, reinforcements arrived and the squatter, wearing what appeared to be army-style fatigues, presented himself at the window to remonstrate with the crowd. 

Some people threw traffic cones at him before he retreated back inside.

A second man then appeared at the window, appearing to spit at the crowd, who shouted for him to dare to come outside the pub.

The man eventually emerged, handcuffed and with his head held down. 

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The witness said: “How sad to see Remembrance Sunday service marred by a complete idiot.

“At 11am as people observed the two minute silence he lets off a rocket which exploded above the people gathered there.

"Further ugly scenes ensued with traffic cones being hurled from the pub, one hitting a policeman.

"He was restrained and taken away by the police but the situation remains tense with police on guard outside the pub."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "Shortly after 11.05am today (Sunday 10 November 2019), police were called to reports of a disturbance at a pub on Church Street in Eccles.

"Officers attended and a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He has been taken to custody for questioning.

"Initial enquiries suggest that a firework was thrown through the window of the pub.

"There are no reported injuries.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

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