Man pictured urinating next to London memorial to police officer murdered in terrorist attack

Man pictured urinating next to London memorial to police officer murdered in terrorist attack

A MAN has been photographed urinating next to a memorial in London that stands in honour of murdered police officer PC Keith Palmer. 

The man, who has yet to be identified, was pictured during a day in which far-right protestors descended on the UK capital as part of a concerted effort to “protect” the cities monuments. 

Demonstrations took place along Whitehall and Trafalgar square with far-right groups engaging in running battles with police that left at least 12 seriously injured. 

In the picture, which has been widely shared on social media, a man in a white tshirt can be seen urinating close to the plaque honouring PC Palmer, which was erected outside the Palace of Westminster last February. 

PC Palmer was fatally stabbed as he stood guard in front of Britain's Houses of Parliament in Westminster on March 22, 2017 by Khalid Masood after the 52-year-old convert to Islam drove into pedestrians at high speed near parliament, killing four other people. 

The plaque is just a short walk from the famous statue of Winston Churchill, which far-right protestors vowed, among others, to defend after it was defaced during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations last weekend. 

Tobias Ellwood, the Tory MP and chairman of the Defence Select Committee was among the first on the scene after PC Palmer was attacked. 

Mr. Ellwood gave first aid to the dying police officer, and gently closed PC Palmer’s eyes, telling him “I’m Sorry” after he tragically slipped away. 

Writing on Twitter, he condemned the widely circulated image as “abhorrent”. 

"Absolute shame on this man,” he wrote. 

“Of all the images to emerge over these few testing days I find this one of most abhorrent.  

“Please help identify him.” 

The incident came as part of an ugly day of protests with police attacked by far-right protestors brandishing bottles, smoke bombs and other weapons.