One of the men at the heart of pro-Brexit yellow jacket protests outside Parliament was jailed for his part in an attempted kidnapping.
Danny Thomas – who is Tommy Robinson’s bodyguard – has been protesting alongside activists who clashed with Remain-voting Tory MP Anna Soubry in Westminster.
The revelation comes after protest leader James Goddard was arrested an subsequently bailed over calling Ms Soubry a Nazi.
He accused the MP of masterminding his arrest as he was pictured enjoying a pint of beer and cigarette after his release while his supporters chanted ‘Soubry is a Nazi’.
‘This is gonna open up the biggest can of worms ever because of what she has done,’ he said. ‘Everyone who has ever been called a Nazi should report it to police.’
Danny Thomas (pictured, left, during the yellow vest protests) was jailed for his part in an attempted kidnapping. James Goddard (pictured, right, in the Brexit demonstrations in central London) has been bailed and told to stay away from London following his ‘Nazi’ comment
Mr Goddard is pictured after he was bailed and given two hours to leave the area within the M25. His supporters chanted ‘Soubry is a Nazi’
The protesters are donning high-vis jackets in a nod to the populist uprising in France, where people took to the streets to express their outrage at fuel prices.
Thomas took part in a ‘frightening’ armed raid in which three thugs threatened a man at knifepoint, the Daily Mirror reports.
The raiders mistakenly believed that their victim had stolen £10,000 worth of drugs. Father-of-four Thomas was jailed for two years at Portsmouth Crown Court in 2016.
The 29-year-old and his accomplices were branded ‘cowardly’ by a judge over the ‘extraordinarily frightening incident’ in Hayling Island, Hampshire.
Thomas (pictured, at Saturday’s protest) has also worked as a bodyguard for English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson
Since his release from prison last year, Thomas has appeared alongside English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.
Calling himself ‘Danny Tommo’ in online videos, Thomas claims that he is ‘reporting’ on the yellow vest demonstrations in central London.
He has appeared alongside Ukip leader Gerard Batten, who recently hired 36-year-old Mr Robinson as an adviser.
Thomas told the Sunday Mirror that he has turned his back on his criminal past and accepts that what he did was ‘wrong’.
He says that he goes ‘to church every week’ and was determined to better himself after his release.
‘I support Tommy,’ he said. ‘I’m doing what’s right for me to have karma for the future. I did wrong, I’ve changed my life around and now I’m doing good.’
Thomas (pictured) organises rallies online and has been seen in central London filming himself at demonstrations
Thomas (pictured in central London) was jailed for two years for his part in an attempted kidnapping in which he and two other thugs terrified their victim at knifepoint
In posts on social media he encourages supporters to attend protests and warns them not to don their yellow jackets until they reach demonstration points.
He boasts of organising five demonstrations with more than 200,000 attendees in the last 12 months and funds his activism through his Facebook profile.
But he claims not to organise the yellow vest demonstrations even though he supports them ‘100 per cent’.
Thomas says he is not a racist and has ‘no problem with legal immigration’ if it is helping those fleeing war torn nations.
He says his girlfriend’s father is from Iran and that Ukip is not racist, adding: ‘Throughout our movement we have black people, Sikhs, Muslims. I am not racist. I have lots of Muslim friends. I have no problem with them.’
When Mr Goddard was released yesterday police gave him two hours to leave the area within the M25.
He shared the details of his bail to backers in a Holborn pub before heading home to Leicester.
Pledging to rally people in Manchester or Leicester instead, he accused Ms Soubry of orchestrating his arrest.
The Tory has branded him and others leading the protests as ‘racist, fascist and a threat to democracy’.
Yesterday Thomas filmed himself mixing with the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. Bottles were thrown, an a European Union flag burned and a man was arrested after thousands descended on Trafalgar Square.
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