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‘Yellow vest’ organiser James Goddard arrested in London


‘Yellow vest’ organiser James Goddard has been arrested in London on suspicion of public order offences.

The right-wing pro-Brexit campaigner can be seen in a video being detained by several officers and led away in a big police van outside St James’s Park Tube station just around 11.45am on Saturday.

Met Police said the activist was arrested on suspicion of public order offences committed in the Westminster area on Monday 7 January.

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James Goddard was arrested on suspicion of public order offences committed in the Westminster area on Monday 7 January (Picture: Rex Features)

It is understood that his arrest is related to an incident involving MP Anna Soubry that took place outside parliament on Monday.

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Ms Soubry, a prominent supporter of a second EU referendum, was called a ‘nazi’ during a TV interview, and then lectured by a group of men as she made her way back to parliament.

Supporters can be heard in other clips chanting: ‘The whole world is with you James’ as he’s being led away.

Fellow campaigners claimed he was about to hand himself in at Holborn police station when he was arrested.

He can be seen being led away by several officers in a video from this morning
Supporters said he was about to hand himself in when he was arrested

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: ‘We can confirm that a man in his 30s was arrested at 11.42hrs on Saturday 12 January outside St James Park tube station on suspicion of a public order offence.

‘He is currently in police custody and is being taken to a central London police station.’

The arrest comes after 55 MPs wrote to Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to express ‘serious concerns about the deteriorating public order and security situation’ around parliament.

UK’s ‘yellow vest’ group was formed in December after taking inspiration from French protesters.





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