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Man who urinated beside PC Keith Palmer's memorial 'sobs' as he's handed jail sentence

Some say the sentence isn't harsh enough…

The man who was pictured urinating next to the memorial to fallen police officer Keith Palmer sobbed as he was jailed today (June 15).

Andrew Banks, 28, wiped away tears as he pleaded guilty to outraging public decency at Westminster Magistrates Court.

He was pictured urinating next to the memorial during the "pro-statue" riots at the weekend.

This image of Andrew Banks quickly went viral and, as a result, he has been jailed (Credit: Sky News)

PC Keith Palmer died in 2017 after being stabbed during the terror attack in Westminster.

Banks is said to have downed 16 pints during Friday night and Saturday morning and had not been to sleep.

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His lawyer said he didn't know where he was urinating and, in addition, wasn't aware of the significance of the plaque.

However, Banks' lawyer said his client was "ashamed of his actions" and suffers from mental health problems.

He handed himself in

Banks was confronted by his father and subsequently handed himself in.

As a result, he has today been jailed for 14 days.

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The picture of the offence quickly went viral on Twitter, however.

His father David told The Sun: "Sometimes young lads get a bit desperate – Andy picked a stupid place to go to the toilet."

He added: "He’s devastated and can apologise for being a stupid plonker. He was next to it, not on it. All the toilets were closed. However, it's a silly thing to go and urinate on a public street."

Mr Banks concluded: "But he’s not the first person to have done that and I don’t suppose he’ll be the last."

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Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan was one of many to express outrage after seeing the image.

A "national disgrace"

He said: "Beyond contempt... One of the thugs in London today to 'save our country' from people defacing memorials – caught urinating on the memorial for hero PC Keith Palmer who died as he tackled a terrorist and was awarded a posthumous George Medal."

He’s not the first person to have done that and I don’t suppose he’ll be the last.

Banks has been branded a "national disgrace" on Twitter as a result of the incident.

"Excellent news that he has been made an example of #NationalDisgrace," said one.

Similarly, another blasted: "14 days?! Should be 14 months!"

In addition, a third said: "'He had been out drinking all night.' WHERE? Aren’t all the pubs closed?"

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