Toby Fagan, saw it:
“I was down the Pier Head and I saw all these emergency service vehicles down there. I headed down to see what was going on and the area was starting to be cordoned off. He was walking up and down the banks of the Mersey playing a tambourine. I sort of stayed with him as it happened, he went almost down to the ECHO Arena.
“Then he was detained by the police after being chased across the mudflats. It was quite interesting, not something you see everyday. He wrote ‘The Matrix has U’ and he seemed of the opinion he was doing nothing wrong, he was shouting for the crowd to join him.”
The Pied Piper has many guises. The crowd didn’t move into the trap.
Merseyside Police say the man has been arrested but for what crime they cannot specify. We’d go for attempted kidnap, carrying a tambourine in public whilst not in a 1960s tribute band and graffiti.