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Mourner strange behaviour of man in queue who waited to grab Queen’s coffin

A mourner has described the actions of a man arrested by police for grabbing the Queen's coffin and allegedly knocking over a seven-year-old.

Well-wishers were left stunned as they queued to mark their respects at the Westminster resting place of Her Majesty's coffin when a man behaving "strangely" was tackled by police.

The scramble from the unnamed man left onlookers shocked as he pushed over a seven-year-old and touched the Queen's casket, lifting up the Royal Standard before being arrested.

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Eyewitnesses have since described the bloke as an odd and erratic individual who was trying to "keep himself to himself".

One witness, Jon Williams, had queued with the coffin-pusher before the incident had unfolded which occurred after King Charles III and his siblings had paid tribute to the Queen.

Speaking to MailOnline, Williams said: "He stood out to me as we were in the queue for 14 hours from start to end. He was some way ahead of us but even so we noticed him.

"And he only stood out as most people in the queue were talking to each other and interacting however he wasn't. I saw a few people next to him trying to strike up conversation but he seemed to keep himself to himself.

"He got to the coffin and seemed to lift up the flag, he didn't try to pull out off from what I could see."

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Williams continued: "As I said people were in shock although they seemed to try to carry on. What surprised me is the guards didn't appear to move or help, it was all left to the police."

Another mourner, who was not named, said that a well-wisher had "screamed" when the coffin-pusher broke from the queue and ran toward the coffin.

The mourner said: "We saw him (the man) in the queue from the beginning of the queue and throughout the day, he was by himself.

"When we entered the room we were at the top of the stairs when we saw the incident. A lady screamed as it happened it was quite unnerving. Although he was detained and people kept calm and carried on."

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