Manchester Cenotaph incident leads to fine

Handout CCTV image dated 20/7/2016 issued by Manchester City Council of a man kicking wreaths laid on Manchester Cenotaph

Handout CCTV image dated 20/7/2016 issued by Manchester City Council of a man kicking wreaths laid on Manchester Cenotaph

A man has been fined £90 after he was caught on camera doing a running kick at wreaths laid on Manchester Cenotaph.

The 31-year-old was arrested for a public order offence following the incident in St Peter’s Square at 1am on Wednesday.

Greater Manchester Police city centre officers tweeted that the man appeared to walk away “celebrating” after the kick.

They later added: “Drunk man who kicked Cenotaph wreaths 1am mortified when show CCTV. £90 fine and linking in with Poppy Appeal for charity work.

“Know some will say not punishment enough but we have to take remorse, previous good character and no damage into account.”

Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesman for Manchester City Council, said: “We have CCTV cameras running 24-7 at the Cenotaph and anyone who disrespects the memory of the people who fought for Manchester will be caught and reported to the police.

“I hope the man who did this realises what an insult it was to those who fought for this country.”