An inquiry has been demanded into a security breach which saw a member of the public collide with British Prime Minister David Cameron today.
The man, understood to be on his way to a local gym, ran up to David Cameron outside Leeds Civic Hall, where the Prime Minister had been speaking at an event.
The 28-year-old jogged across the street towards the Prime Minister, but police stepped in to stop him as Mr Cameron got into a waiting vehicle.
Video footage of the incident showed the Prime Minister apparently brace himself as the man approached at speed, before a bodyguard intervened to grapple with the man.
One witness said Mr Cameron “sidestepped” the man in a “lovely little move”.
West Yorkshire Police said there was “nothing sinister” about the incident and it was “just a man in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Chief Inspector Derek Hughes of West Yorkshire Police said: ”Around midday today, a 28-year-old local man was briefly arrested after he came close to the Prime Minster’s group, who had just left the Civic Hall in Leeds.
”No threats were made, and after the man’s details were checked he was de-arrested and allowed on his way.”
But Tory MP Mark Pritchard demanded a full investigation into how the Metropolitan Police security team allowed the man to get so close to the Prime Minister.
He called for the Met’s commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to launch an immediate internal inquiry.
He said: “The Met Police have some of the best close protection officers in the world. However, this was a clear breach of security and could have been far more sinister in outcome.
“With the terror threat level increased, this cannot be allowed to happen again. The Met Commissioner should call an immediate and swift internal inquiry to discover why this happened and implement the necessary lessons learned as quickly as possible.”
Witness Chris Wilson described the man as “just a typical hippy type”.
He said: “It looked like Cameron sidestepped him. It was a lovely little move. He should be on the stage, really.
“And then he was tackled by the person behind. And then he (Cameron) was in the car and the car was gone.
“They were on him. They were like flies round poo. One minute he was down, then he was up again and moving. It was fast.”
Mr Wilson said the man ran about 10 yards across the road towards the Prime Minister. He said he was white, with a beard and dreadlocks.
The Prime Minister looked round, he said, but did not seemed worried.