Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

A journalist has been praised after a swearing man suddenly interrupted him during a show being filmed at Manchester Piccadilly train station. BBC broadcaster Nicholas Garnett was inside the station reporting on the current rail strikes on Thursday (June 23) when a random man appeared behind him and started swearing.

Garnett stuttered for a moment, before continuing on with the piece to camera. He stood in a relatively empty Piccadilly Station as another day of worker strikes hit the UK, with a huge reduction to services.

The clip, shared by BBC trainer Marc Blank-Settle, shows the random man, wearing a blue jacket, run up behind Garnett before leaning forward and swearing. He laughs and walks away, as the journalist apologies to viewers saying: “Sorry about that and apologies for the language that was used there.”

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@Marcsettle shared the clip and praised Garnett for his handling of the situation on social media. He wrote: “I think @NicholasGarnett handled this bit of abuse really well.”

Nicholas himself commented on the incident, and tweeted: “Adding this to the long list of hassle reporters routinely get nowadays. This was far less than many colleagues are subject to on a regular basis.”

It comes as another day of RMT union workers striking continued for a second day, with a huge reduction to services across the country. Workers were urged to work from home with many opting to drive to work instead, causing rush hour chaos on the roads throughout Thursday.

A picture of a somewhat eerie Piccadilly Station amid strike action

This week, tens of thousands of workers joined Britain’s biggest rail strike in 30 years. Some 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union voted to walk out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in a dispute over pay and conditions, causing widespread disruption for millions of passengers.

The Manchester Evening News was down at Piccadilly and Victoria stations talking to those on the picket lines about their reasons for striking. Members of the general public also stopped to speak to strikers about the dispute over pay, working conditions and jobs.

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