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Remembrance Sunday disrupted by fireworks in Salford



A man is bundled away by police to protect him from an angry crowd after he disrupted a silent tribute with fireworks at a Remembrance Sunday event at the cenotaph in EcclesImage copyright
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A man was bundled away by police as an angry crowd shouted at him

A man who disrupted a Remembrance Sunday event with fireworks had to be rushed away from angry veterans by police.

The fireworks exploded in the sky as hundreds of people stood in silence at 11:00 GMT and listened to the Last Post at the cenotaph in Eccles, Salford.

A man had set them off from a ledge window in a disused pub across the road.

Angry veterans began shouting, "Get him out!" and trying to break down the pub door before officers took the man away.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said a 38-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of a public order offense and was being questioned.

Traffic cones thrown

Some members of the crowd attempted to climb up to the window from which a man, believed to be a squatter at the pub, had ignited the fireworks.

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Media captionAngry veterans shouted, "Get him out!" before officers took a man away in a police car

A police officer blocked the door while shouting into his radio as he struggled to hold back the crowd, before reinforcements arrived.

The man, wearing what appeared to be army-style fatigues, then appeared at the window to remonstrate with the crowd.

Traffic cones were thrown up at him and he retreated back inside.

When police reinforcements arrived, the man was handcuffed with his head held down and rushed out of the pub to a waiting police car.

A large crowd remained at the scene while a team of police officers guarded the entrance.

A group of people, who appeared to be squatting at the pub, remained inside.

A GMP spokeswoman said officers were called shortly after 11:05 pm to reports of a disturbance at a pub on Church Street.

"Initial inquiries suggest that a firework was thrown through the window of the pub," she said.

No injuries were reported, she added.


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