A ‘squatter’ who disrupted a minute’s silence by launching fireworks from a disused pub has had to be led away by police after provoking anger from mourners.
As the Last Post played and hundreds of people stood in silence to pay their respects at 11am at the cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday in Eccles, Salford, a series of fireworks exploded into the sky.
It was revealed that one of a group of squatters living at a disused pub across the road from the cenotaph, ignited the fireworks while sat on a ledge of a first floor window.
One of the men, named locally as Stuart Potts, then appeared at a window and shouted at the crowd of incensed mourners.
A crowd of angry veterans soon gathered outside shouting, ‘Get him out!’ and trying to break the door of the pub down, with others attempting to climb up to the window
One of the squatters in the video has been named locally as Stuart David Potts, who claims for work for the Saving People Shelter Project
A crowd of angry veterans soon gathered outside shouting, ‘Get him out!’ and trying to break the door of the pub down, with others attempting to climb up to the window.
A lone police officer stood blocking the door shouting into his police radio as he struggled to hold the crowd back from getting inside, before reinforcements arrived.
DO YOU KNOW THE SQUATTER?
Mr Potts, wearing what appeared to be army-style fatigues, appeared at the window to remonstrate with the crowd, a number of traffic cones were launched 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.
Police reinforcements soon arrived and the man, handcuffed with his head held down, was rushed out of the pub to a waiting police car which quickly sped away.
A large crowd remained at the scene with more people, who appeared to be squatting at the pub, left inside, as a squad of police officers guarded the entrance.
As he goes back inside the disused pub, someone in the crowd launches a traffic cone at the window, which then hit a policeman standing below
Police reinforcements soon arrived and the man, handcuffed with his head held down, was rushed out of the pub to a waiting police car which quickly sped away
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.’
- Do you know the squatter? Email firstname.lastname@example.org