Woman hurt in Portsmouth remembrance service loudspeaker collapse

Paramedics treated a woman who was struck by a loudspeaker that collapsed during a Portsmouth remembrance service today.

Sunday, 13th November 2016, 1:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:02 pm
Paramedics at the scene

The accident happened just after the two-minute silence was observed at the Royal Naval War Memorial at Southsea.

An 8ft tall tripod on which two loudspeaker horns were mounted was apparently blown over by the wind at the service organised by the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

It fell straight onto a woman who was one of hundreds of people showing their respect at the service.

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The service at the Royal Naval War Memorial

Onlookers rushed to help her as she was knocked to the ground.

The service continued as she was given first aid and comfort before paramedics arrived to treat her.

Organisers said it was not immediately clear what had happened and that the accident would be investigated.

Hundreds of veterans and supporters on motorbike and scooters rode in convoy to the service this morning.

The service at the Royal Naval War Memorial