Report of sexual assault while waiting to view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, a man has been prosecuted after allegedly sexually abusing two women while they were waiting in line to see Queen Elizabeth II lie in state on Wednesday in London.
The guy was charged on Friday with two charges of violating a sexual harm prevention order and two counts of sexual assault on a female, according to a representative for the Crown Prosecution Service.
According to PA, he exposed himself and pushed the two women from behind before being taken into custody by the police. The women had been waiting in line to see the Queen’s coffin since Westminster Hall opened its doors on Wednesday, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Outside the Houses of Parliament in Victoria Tower Gardens, the incident took place.
Stuart Cundy, the deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, stated that while he was unable to comment on specifics of the case, “officers were on standby to promptly respond and arrest the man.”
Unprecedented numbers of people have flocked to see the Queen lie in state, and lines have been forming all day long.
Along the south bank of the River Thames, the line extends for kilometres from Westminster Hall. On Friday, the line had to be shut down a number of times after hitting its limit. The official tracker of the government was recommending a 24-hour waiting period as of Friday afternoon.
Stewards and police officials, according to Cundy, were stationed along the queue’s path.
He continued, “I continue to advise all members of the public to remain attentive and if you see something that doesn’t appear right, please report it to an officer or steward. There has been very little criminality or other instances where we have had to intervene.”
In the days preceding the Queen’s State Funeral, approximately 10,000 police officers may be on duty daily, according to PA Media. According to PA, which cited former Metropolitan Police commander Bob Broadhurst, it is anticipated to be “the greatest security operation the country has ever seen.”