Man who set off fireworks during two-minute silence at Eccles Remembrance Sunday event is jailed for 16 weeks

A man who ruined a Remembrance Sunday event by setting off fireworks has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Stuart Potts let off two fireworks as the Last Post ended, while hundreds of people stood observing the silence for the war dead at the cenotaph in Eccles, Salford.

Potts fired the fireworks while sat on the ledge of a first floor window of a disused pub being used by squatters.

The 38-year-old, wearing military-style camouflage fatigues, pleaded guilty on Monday at Manchester Magistrates’ Court to one count of throwing a firework in a public place and a public order offence.