‘Yellow Vest’ activists cause chaos by storming Attorney General’s office

‘Yellow vest’ protesters have stormed the Attorney General’s office while chanting ‘Anna Soubry is a Nazi’ and called for a meeting over the deaths of three teenage boys.

Demonstrators live-streamed the protest as they occupied a stairwell of the building near Westminster Abbey.

Police officers arrived at the offices shortly after, as the activists chanted ‘we want a new Attorney General’ and ‘shame on you’ as officers surrounded them and the fire alarm continued to ring out. 

They claimed that their calls for a meeting over the deaths of three teenage boys have been ignored.

Right-wing 'yellow vest' activists stormed the Attorney General's office while chanting 'Anna Soubry is a Nazi'

Right-wing 'yellow vest' activists stormed the Attorney General's office while chanting 'Anna Soubry is a Nazi'

Right-wing ‘yellow vest’ activists stormed the Attorney General’s office while chanting ‘Anna Soubry is a Nazi’

A demonstrator holding a 'Brexit betrayal' leaflet inside the office of Britain's Attorney General

A demonstrator holding a 'Brexit betrayal' leaflet inside the office of Britain's Attorney General

A demonstrator holding a ‘Brexit betrayal’ leaflet inside the office of Britain’s Attorney General

British police officers on duty as demonstrators wearing yellow vests protest inside and outside of the offices of Britain's Attorney General today

British police officers on duty as demonstrators wearing yellow vests protest inside and outside of the offices of Britain's Attorney General today

British police officers on duty as demonstrators wearing yellow vests protest inside and outside of the offices of Britain’s Attorney General today

British police officers on duty as demonstrators storm the Attorney General's office. They also protested outside. Some of the group spent the morning at Westminster Magistrates Court where 'yellow vests' protester denied harassing pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry

British police officers on duty as demonstrators storm the Attorney General's office. They also protested outside. Some of the group spent the morning at Westminster Magistrates Court where 'yellow vests' protester denied harassing pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry

British police officers on duty as demonstrators storm the Attorney General’s office. They also protested outside. Some of the group spent the morning at Westminster Magistrates Court where ‘yellow vests’ protester denied harassing pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry

A yellow vest protester wearing sunglasses indoors films the scene outside as they occupy the offices of the Attorney general today

A yellow vest protester wearing sunglasses indoors films the scene outside as they occupy the offices of the Attorney general today

A yellow vest protester wearing sunglasses indoors films the scene outside as they occupy the offices of the Attorney general today

The protest related to the case of Jaynesh Chudasama, who was jailed last year over the deaths by dangerous driving of three boys as they walked to a 16th birthday party.

The car hire worker was more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit for alcohol and doing 71mph on a 60mph road in Hayes, west London, when he ploughed into the teenagers. 

He pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of semi-professional footballer Harry Rice, 17, apprentice electrician George Wilkinson, 16, and labourer Josh McGuinness, 16.

He subsequently had his 13-year prison term cut to 10-and-a-half years by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Protesters at the Attorney General’s office sang ‘justice for the three’ and chanted ‘we want a new Attorney General’, while one man held an England flag aloft.

Josh McGuinness, 16, was killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

Josh McGuinness, 16, was killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

Harry Rice, 17, was killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

Harry Rice, 17, was killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

Josh McGuinness, 16, (pictured left) and Harry Rice, 17, (pictured right) were  killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

George Wilkinson, 16, was killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

George Wilkinson, 16, was killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

George Wilkinson, 16, was killed when a car mounted the pavement in Hayes, West London

Protesters at the Attorney General's office sang 'justice for the three' and chanted 'we want a new Attorney General', while one man held an England flag aloft

Protesters at the Attorney General's office sang 'justice for the three' and chanted 'we want a new Attorney General', while one man held an England flag aloft

Protesters at the Attorney General’s office sang ‘justice for the three’ and chanted ‘we want a new Attorney General’, while one man held an England flag aloft

An image taken of some of the yellow vest protesters occupying the Attorney General's office today

An image taken of some of the yellow vest protesters occupying the Attorney General's office today

An image taken of some of the yellow vest protesters occupying the Attorney General’s office today

The group included some people who spent the morning at Westminster Magistrates Court where self-styled ‘yellow vests’ protester James Goddard denied harassing pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry.

It comes after a court hearing over an allegation that Tommy Robinson committed contempt of court was postponed.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC announced earlier this month that it was in the public interest to bring proceedings against the former English Defence League (EDL) leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

Meanwhile, the protesters knocked on an office door within the building, shouting: ‘Hello, the little people are here.’

They eventually left around an hour later after being threatened with arrest, but vowed: ‘We’ll be back.’

Goddard outside Westminster Magistrates' Court today where he is charged with harassment

Goddard outside Westminster Magistrates' Court today where he is charged with harassment

Goddard outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court today where he is charged with harassment

One 63-year-old man from south London, who did not want to give his name, said: ‘We are not far-right. We are a peaceful movement. We have our views on politics which we’re entitled to have.’

He said they will march to Parliament later to ‘demand Brexit’.

He added that Tracy Blackwell, mother of Josh, had written to and called the Attorney General’s office to speak about the case but had been ‘ignored’.

Asked what the point of their protest was, he said: ‘Justice for Tracy’.

A number of protesters refused to move when asked by police, telling the officers: ‘No violence’. 

Ms Blackwell was applauded as she emerged from the building.

She said she had asked for a meeting with the Attorney General but had been refused.

Ms Blackwell said: ‘They just ignore the working class and that’s what it’s about.’

The protesters left the building and began chanting: ‘We’ll see you next week.’

Hours earlier, there were chaotic scenes at Westminster Magistrates Court as Goddard and his supporters repeatedly interrupted proceedings, which ended with activists bellowing ‘shame on you’ at the judge.

The 29-year-old is accused of harassing MP Anna Soubry, 62, calling her a ‘Nazi’ and ‘traitor’ outside the Houses of Parliament.

At one point, Goddard shouted over his solicitor as he spoke in court, claiming: ‘It is not illegal to call, to heckle an MP. It says so in the defence statement. How is calling her a Nazi threatening? I get called a far-right fascist.’

At this, his supporters broke out into chants of ‘Anna Soubry is a Nazi’, prompting the judge to leave court.

Goddard's supporters at Westminster Magistrates' Court today hold a St George's Cross flag

Goddard's supporters at Westminster Magistrates' Court today hold a St George's Cross flag

Goddard’s supporters at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today hold a St George’s Cross flag

Mr Grant rose and temporarily adjourned the case 15 minutes into the hearing after people in the public gallery began shouting about Brexit.

The case resumed briefly to inform Goddard of his bail conditions but descended into farce again as the defendant left the dock to address the judge.  

In between the moments of chaos, the self-styled ‘yellow vest’ protester found time to plead not guilty to calling an MP a ‘Nazi’ and a ‘traitor’ outside Parliament.

James Goddard, 29, denied harassing 62-year-old Anna Soubry, who left the Conservatives to join the Independent Group last month, between December 18 last year and January 8.

The charge states that Goddard, from Timperley, Greater Manchester, ‘shouted and chanted’ at the MP, a prominent backer of a second EU referendum, while broadcasters were interviewing her.

Goddard (left) is pictured with MP Anna Soubry outside the Houses of Parliament on January 7

Goddard (left) is pictured with MP Anna Soubry outside the Houses of Parliament on January 7

Goddard (left) is pictured with MP Anna Soubry outside the Houses of Parliament on January 7

Goddard is also said to have pursued Ms Soubry along the street, demanding she answer questions, filmed her on his mobile phone, and called her a ‘Nazi’, a ‘traitor’ and ‘scum’, along with using other ‘rude and insulting’ language. 

At Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning, Goddard also denied one count of racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, and another count of harassment, alarm or distress. 

Goddard, wearing a white T-shirt featuring a British flag, a logo for ‘The Directory Guys’, a motif of three children’s faces, and the words ‘our boys’, used his mobile phone in the dock as he waited for the case to begin. 

He briefly left the courtroom before the hearing started to talk with his solicitor after a member of the public shouted legal advice from the packed public gallery, where several of his supporters were sat on the floor.

Protesters are seen surrounding MP Soubry as she makes her way to Parliament on January 7

Protesters are seen surrounding MP Soubry as she makes her way to Parliament on January 7

Protesters are seen surrounding MP Soubry as she makes her way to Parliament on January 7

Goddard asked ‘Why?’ when told to stand for the charges to be read and gave his nationality as English, but refused to give his address due to the ‘vultures’ in court.

As Goddard sat in the dock, one supporter urged him to sack his lawyer from the public gallery, yelling: ‘James, sack him on the spot and then they have to adjourn it’ to applause from others. 

District Judge Kenneth Grant said: ‘In relation to the defence case, is it fair opinion, reasonable behaviour or fair comment?’

Edward Brown, defending, replied: ‘I do not anticipate any dispute of the words.’

After the shouted exchange with his solicitor and chants from his supporters of ‘Anna Soubry is a Nazi’, the judge left court and temporarily adjourned the case.

Members of the public gallery jeered in the adjournment as a police officer entered the court. Three supporters joined Goddard in the dock during the break. 

Demonstrators live-streamed the protest outside Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's (pictured) office

Demonstrators live-streamed the protest outside Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's (pictured) office

Demonstrators live-streamed the protest outside Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s (pictured) office

The case resumed briefly to inform Goddard of his bail conditions but descended into farce again as the defendant left the dock to address the judge. 

Members of the public gallery again shouted ‘shame on you’ as the hearing came to an abrupt conclusion.

After returning to court Judge Grant told Goddard: ‘I have carried out as much of the case management as I could. You have been conditionally bailed to appear at this court on July 19.’

Goddard interrupted the judge and demanded to speak, as his supporters started yelling from the public gallery. He was then escorted out of the court by a security guard. 

Earlier, Goddard smiled as he arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and stopped to pose for selfies with fans, while others flew the St George’s Cross flag.

Goddard was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on January 12 following claims that Ms Soubry was harassed in Westminster five days earlier.

The alleged incident led to beefed-up police patrols around Westminster and a debate over whether protests near the Houses of Parliament had crossed a line. 

Tommy Robinson has his contempt of court case delayed 

A court hearing over an allegation that Tommy Robinson committed contempt of court has been postponed

A court hearing over an allegation that Tommy Robinson committed contempt of court has been postponed

A court hearing over an allegation that Tommy Robinson committed contempt of court has been postponed

A court hearing over an allegation that Tommy Robinson committed contempt of court by filming people in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media has been postponed.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC announced earlier this month that it was in the public interest to bring proceedings against the former English Defence League (EDL) leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

The first hearing was due to take place at the High Court in London on March 22, but the court confirmed on Tuesday that the case will not be heard until some time after May 3.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office said Robinson’s lawyers had requested that the hearing be postponed.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months in May last year after he filmed people involved in a criminal trial and broadcast the footage on social media.

The footage, lasting around an hour, was watched 250,000 times within hours of being posted on Facebook.

It was filmed during the trial of four men who were later convicted of gang-raping a teenage girl.

But a contempt finding was quashed by the Court of Appeal in August and he was freed on bail pending new proceedings at the Old Bailey.

Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC then referred the case to the Attorney General in October, after the judge received a statement from Robinson.

The 36-year-old could be sent back to jail if he is again found in contempt.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC (pictured) announced earlier this month that it was in the public interest to bring proceedings against the former English Defence League (EDL) leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC (pictured) announced earlier this month that it was in the public interest to bring proceedings against the former English Defence League (EDL) leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC (pictured) announced earlier this month that it was in the public interest to bring proceedings against the former English Defence League (EDL) leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon

Robinson has vowed to contest, ‘along with the support of the British public’, the Attorney General’s decision, adding: ‘I am innocent. I broke no law.’

Crowds of supporters gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey for the previous hearings, and Robinson made an address at the October hearing.

A statement from the Attorney General’s office on March 7 said Mr Cox had reached his decision based on an assessment of the evidence and whether it was in the ‘wider public interest’.

Mr Cox said: ‘After carefully considering the details of this case, I have concluded there are strong grounds to bring fresh contempt of court proceedings against Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson).

‘As proceedings are now under way, it would not be appropriate to comment further and I remind everyone that it is an offence to comment on live court cases.’

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