Man jailed after urinating next to memorial during London protest

PUBLISHED: 15:37 15 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:37 15 June 2020

Archant

A Stansted man who was seen urinating next to PC Keith Palmer’s memorial in London has been sent to prison for 14 days.

Andrew Banks, 28, from Manor Road, Stansted, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (Monday, June 15).

The incident happened during protests in London on Saturday, June 13.

Banks was seen urinating next to the memorial dedicated to PC Keith Palmer, who died from wounds after stopping a terrorist carying a knife from entering the Palace of Westminster on March 22, 2017.

Banks handed himself in to police yesterday (Sunday).

Commander Bas Javid, of the Metropolitan Police, said: “Keith Palmer was a brave police officer and the memorial stands testament to his courage. Bank’s actions, in stark contrast, were unpleasant and extremely upsetting to PC Palmer’s family and colleagues.

“While I note that Banks did not act with intent, I welcome the sentence handed down by the court for his thoughtless and distasteful behaviour.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Saffron Walden Reporter. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter