Man charged with possessing offensive weapon at vigil for Manchester victims

A man has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon after police made an arrest at a vigil for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 8:49 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:21 pm
The scene of the attack in Manchester on Monday night

Julian Blake, 39, has also been charged with resisting or obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty and three offences of possessing a sharp or pointed article in public, West Midlands Police said.

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Blake, of no fixed address, has been remanded into police custody and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

A candle-lit vigil in the city's Victoria Square was cut short on Tuesday after a man started shouting, as around 1,000 people paid their respects to the victims of Monday's atrocity.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson - who attended the vigil in an official capacity - later tweeted: "Grateful to officers using initiative tonight. Safe not sorry."