Bagpiper charged with assault on emergency worker after Remembrance Sunday confrontation

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bagpiper has been charged with three counts of assault on an emergency worker following a confrontation with police on Remembrance Sunday. Footage from the incident shows a man marching up to police lines as they blocked the Cenotaph. The man then clashes with an officer as he tries to breach the police line.

He was then led away in handcuffs. The incident took place on November 8 when dozens of veterans gathered at the memorial, with police on the scene to enforce strict coronavirus restrictions. Ben Buckland, 47, from Romford, who  served in the Scots Guards and is a former UKIP council candidate, was later charged.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on May 6.

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A police statement said: “Ben Buckland was charged by postal requisition and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 6 May.

“These charges relate to an attempted breach of police cordons on Whitehall during Remembrance Sunday events on 8 November 2020, involving three Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers.”

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