AN idiot ruined a Remembrance Sunday service today by launching fireworks into a crowd of war veterans during the two-minute silence.
Locals claimed the man set off a “rocket” shortly after 11am in Eccles, Salford, as dozens of people paid their respects to the war dead.
The man, who seemed to be dressed in army-style clothing, hung out of a window near the town Cenotaph as residents shouting “get him out” hurled traffic cones at him.
He was bundled into a police car by officers – with it later being confirmed a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.
The Manchester Evening News reports a local wrote on social media: “How sad to see Remembrance Sunday service marred by a complete idiot.”
“Then at 11am as people observed the two minute silence he lets off a rocket which exploded above the people gathered there.
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“Several servicemen tried to force their way into the pub and luckily the police stopped them, no doubt for their own safety.
“He was restrained and taken away by the police but the situation remains tense with police on guard outside the pub.”
And a woman posted: “From those who fought in the world wars to those who fought like my dad and those still fighting today, for it to be completely ruined by people firing fireworks into the crowd showering members of the public with embers and sparks from the fireworks.
“Dogs have been left petrified and the Eccles community in shock, very disappointed and let down by people’s lack of respect and disregarded for people’s safety and feelings towards such a sentimental day.”
A spokesperson for GMP said: “Initial enquiries suggest that a firework was thrown through the window of the pub.
“There are no reported injuries. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Her Majesty was joined by Kate Middleton on the balcony of the Cenotaph in central London where she watched the traditional wreath-laying service.
Hundreds of armed forces personnel were also in attendance alongside Cabinet ministers, religious leaders and representatives of Commonwealth nations.
A two minutes silence was observed at 11am – with its beginning and end marked by the firing of a gun by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
Buglers of the Royal Marines sounded the Last Post before wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph by the royals, politicians, foreign representatives and senior armed forces personnel.
Anyone with information on the incident in Eccles should call police on 101 quoting 1183 of 10/11/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.