The man who riled most of the country by letting off fireworks from a window above the boarded up Albert Edward pub on Church Street, during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the cenotaph in Eccles yesterday, has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.
Stuart Potts, 38, from Salford admitted the charges for one count of throwing fireworks in a public place and one other public order offence at a hearing in Manchester Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Potts, who it turns out had dozens of prior convictions, let off two fireworks during the minute's silence held to respect the memories of soldiers who have lost their lives in battle. According to eye witnesses, he then came to the window to argue with the angry crowd that were being held back from taking matters into their own hands by the police, who subsequently arrested Potts.
The court was told by prosecutors that the first firework caused a number of loud bangs, whilst the second actually flew above the heads of those gathered at the service. The judge was also told by a former Royal Marine that the loud bangs reminded him of combat and it had affected his post-traumatic stress disorder.
The same former Royal Marine, who was there to place a cross on the cenotaph for a fallen comrade, said it was the most disrespectful thing he had seen at such an event. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.
Note: The Manc does not condone violence or vigilante acts.