Sexual assault was reported in line to see the Queen’s coffin


A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said on Friday the man had been charged with breaching a sexual harm prevention order and two counts of sexually assaulting a woman.

Police arrested him after allegedly exposing himself and pushing two women from behind, according to the PA. The Metropolitan Police said women queued to see the Queen’s coffin after Westminster Hall opened its doors on Wednesday.

The incident took place in Victoria Tower Gardens, outside Parliament.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy said he could not comment on the details of the case, but said “officers were ready to respond immediately and arrest the man”.

Lying in the queen’s state has attracted unprecedented numbers of people who have queued for hours at all times of the day.

The queue stretches for miles from Westminster Hall along the south bank of the River Thames. The line had to be closed several times on Friday after reaching capacity. As of Friday afternoon, the government’s official tracker was advising a 24-hour wait.

Cundy said stewards and police were present the entire route of the queue.

“There have been very few crimes or other incidents where the officers have had to intervene,” he said, adding: “I continue to ask all citizens to be vigilant and if you see something that doesn’t look right, please report it to an officer or supervisor.”

PA Media reports that up to 10,000 police officers may be present each day for the Queen’s State Funeral. It is expected to be “the biggest security operation the country has ever seen,” the PA reported, citing former Metropolitan Police chief Bob Broadhurst.