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Yob who ruined the service of Remembrance Day by launching a fire unmasked

On a commemorative day, a yob spoiled a memorial service in honor of fallen soldiers by throwing a firework display on a crowd of veterans for a two-minute silence.

Locals named Stuart Potts, 38, the man who unleashed a "rocket" shortly after 11 am in Eccles, Salford, as dozens of people showed up.

    Stuart Potts was named locally as the man who unleashed the fireworks on one floor of an ad

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Stuart Potts was named locally as the man who unleashed the fireworks on one floor of an ad
    Potts was arrested by the police

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Potts was arrested by the police
    Another squatter said that they did not know why Potts had unleashed the fireworks

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Another squatter said that they did not know why Potts had unleashed the fireworks

Mr. Potts was filmed sitting on a roof and on the window sill of the disused Albert Edward pub near the cenotaph of the city as locals shouted "take him out" and throw traffic cones at him.

Police later confirmed that a 38-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of breach of public order.

Angry people in military uniform tried to enter the building, a policeman blocking the door and pushing back the military.

A second man appeared to approach the window and spit on the angry crowd before the first man was finally taken into a police car by police.

A man, who did not wish to be named, was serving when the fireworks broke and described a scene of chaos.

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He said: "They were about to make the bugle call when I saw these fireworks coming from a window on the pub floor.

"There were about three or four rockets and they could easily have touched some of the veterans who were here.

"It was disgusting and showed a total lack of respect.

"The police arrived and had to stop people from trying to enter the pub.

"The former soldiers were trying to climb and get through the widows and others were trying to make their way through the doors."

"There were a lot of people angry."

Potts was squatted and, above the entrance door of the abandoned pub, a sign bearing the inscription "Potsy 1664" was stuck.

An angry local wrote on social media: "How sad to see the Sunday Memorial service ruined by a complete idiot."

Then, at 11 am, as people watched the two minutes of silence, he threw a rocket that exploded over the assembled people.


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"Several soldiers attempted to break into the pub and, fortunately, the police arrested them, presumably for their own safety.

"He was restrained and taken away by the police, but the situation remains tense, the police watching in front of the pub."

And one woman wrote: "From those who fought in the world wars to those who fought like my father and those who are still fighting today, so that he is completely ruined by people who fired fireworks in the crowd, raining on the public fire flames fireworks.

"The dogs were left petrified and the Eccles community was shocked, very disappointed and disappointed by the lack of respect for people and the disregard for people's safety and feelings for such a sentimental day."

A spokesman for GMP said: "The first surveys suggest that a fireworks display was thrown through the pub window.

"There are no injuries reported, investigations are under way."

Today, the Queen shed a tear at British war heroes in a Remembrance Sunday ceremony while Britain was silent.

Kate Middleton joined Her Majesty on the balcony of the cenotaph in central London, where she attended the traditional wreath laying service.

Hundreds of members of the armed forces were also present alongside ministers, religious leaders and representatives of Commonwealth nations.

A two-minute silence was observed at 11 o'clock, its beginning and end being marked by the shooting of a rifle by the Royal Horse Artillery.

The Royal Marines buglers sounded the last bell before the royal family, politicians, foreign representatives and senior military officials laid wreaths at the cenotaph.

Anyone with information about the incident in Eccles should call the police at 101, quoting 1183 of 10/11/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, at 0800 555 111.

    Police took the man after the complaint that a fireworks fire was fired

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Police took the man after the complaint that a fireworks fire was firedCredit: PA: Press Association
    Angry residents threw a traffic cone at the window of the man who was retreating

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Angry residents threw a traffic cone at the window of the man who was retreatingCredit: MEN Media
    The man seemed to have climbed through a window and perched on a roof

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The man seemed to have climbed through a window and perched on a roofCredit: MEN
    The angry locals gathered below after the minute of silence that would have been disturbed

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The angry locals gathered below after the minute of silence that would have been disturbedCredit: MEN
    He seemed to be in a room above a closed pub in Eccles

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He seemed to be in a room above a closed pub in EcclesCredit: MEN
    The Queen seems moved to service paying tribute to the country's war heroes alongside Kate Middleton

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The Queen seems moved to service paying tribute to the country's war heroes alongside Kate MiddletonCredit: AP: Associated Press
    Crowds gather at the Cenotaph in London for Remembrance Day service

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Crowds gather at the Cenotaph in London for Remembrance Day serviceCredit: PA: Press Association
The Queen pours a tear for our war heroes during the Sunday service of remembrance

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