A man who set off fireworks during a silent tribute at a Remembrance Sunday event had to be bundled away by police for his own safety.
The man, believed to be a squatter, set a series of fireworks off into the sky as the Last Post played and hundreds stood in silence at 11am in Eccles, Salford, this morning.
A crowd of angry veterans and those paying respects soon gathered outside a disused pub where the man was seen sitting on the ledge of a first floor window.
The angry crowd were heard shouting ‘get him out’ as some attempted to break the door of the pub down, with others attempting to climb up to the window.
One lone police officer was seen standing in front of the door to block it as he shouted into his radio for back up.
Meanwhile the squatter, wearing what appeared to be army-style fatigues, appeared at the window to argue with the crowd, who launched traffic cones at him before he retreated back inside.
Witnesses said a second man then appeared at the window, who appeared to spit at the crowd.
Angry people below ‘dared him to come outside the pub’, witnesses said.
Police reinforcements soon arrived and the man, handcuffed with his head held down, was rushed out of the pub to a waiting police car.
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.
Some in attendance took to Twitter to blast the disruptive behaviour, with one person branding those involved ‘thoughtless morons’.
Only in eccles would a remembrance day service be sullied by scum bags and scroats who could not keep their disagreements quiet even during the 2 minute silence. Shame on you all. 🤬😡 #bbcnews
— Chris Southern (@chrissouthern73) November 10, 2019
Remembrance Sunday at Eccles – brilliant service! To those mindless, thoughtless morons in the The Albert Edward pub, shouting abuse, setting fireworks off into the crowd. Have a lovely day. I am so glad the crowd got to you before you were arrested.
— just me? (@gpinorthwest) November 10, 2019