A man has been arrested in Essex after pictures circulated of someone urinating on a memorial to Pc Keith Palmer.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: ‘A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency after a man was photographed apparently urinating on the memorial dedicated to PC Keith Palmer.
‘The incident is believed to have taken place in the afternoon of Saturday, June 13.
‘The man is currently in custody in Essex after presenting himself at a police station.’
Speaking yesterday in response to an image circulating on social media, Commander Bas Javid said: ‘We are aware of a disgusting and abhorrent image circulating on social media of a man appearing to urinate on a memorial to PC Palmer.
‘I feel for PC Palmer’s family, friends and colleagues. We have immediately launched an investigation, and will gather all the evidence available to us and take appropriate action.’
Speaking about events on Saturday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘We have seen some shameful scenes today, including the desecration of Pc Keith Palmer’s memorial in Parliament, in Westminster Square, and quite frankly that is shameful, that is absolutely appalling and shameful.’
MP Tobias Ellwood, who gave first aid to Pc Palmer as he lay dying after being stabbed to death in the grounds of Parliament by terrorist Khalid Masood in 2017, said the image of the man urinating next to the memorial was ‘abhorrent’.
Speaking to BBC News, he said the man should come forward and apologise.
When asked whether he thought the urinating man may not have noticed the memorial, Mr Ellwood said: ‘I don’t agree with that at all.
‘This is the gates of Westminster, the most iconic symbol of democracy in the world next to a monument for Pc Keith Palmer.’