Man pleads guilty after being pictured urinating next to Keith Palmer memorial

Andrew Banks, 28, has pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to outraging public decency after being pictured urinating next to the Pc Keith Palmer memorial in Westminster during Saturday’s far-right protests in central London.

On Sunday evening, Scotland Yard said Andrew Banks, from Stansted, Essex, had been charged with outraging public decency and remains in custody.

The image of a man was widely shared on social media on Saturday as violent clashes between far-right protesters and police took place in central London.

The man in the photo was widely condemned by politicians including 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 Khalid Masood in 2017.

Saturday’s far-right demonstration took place after thousands of anti-racist protesters marched in multiple events sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in the US last month.

The Prime Minister has previously been urged to show leadership in dealing with racism in the UK, as multiple tweets he had previously sent about Churchill’s statue were branded a “deflection” by shadow justice secretary David Lammy.

Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said he was “extremely disturbed” by the “completely unacceptable” scenes of violence on the streets on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, he said Mr Johnson needs to set out “concrete steps” to address “the inequality and racism that still sadly exists in our country”.

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