Anti-vaxxer Piers Corbyn is charged with causing a nuisance for trying to close down Guy’s and St Thomas’ Covid vaccine clinic
- Piers Corbyn, 74, was arrested for causing nuisance at a NHS building yesterday
- He and eight others were trying to get the vaccination clinic shut down
- They targeted Guy’s Hospital in south east London just after 3pm on Tuesday
Piers Corbyn has been charged after trying to shut down the coronavirus vaccination clinic at Guy’s Hospital in south east London.
The 74-year-old conspiracy theorist and another man – known only under the name David – were detained by police at the scene.
It came after the Met Police received reports a group of nine people had started protesting outside.
Footage of the protest, posted online by Corbyn and his supporters, show the police attempting to move them on, warning they would be arrested if they stayed.
Stunned staff delivering the jabs can be seen as they refused to leave.
One anti-vaxxer who was not arrested can be heard declaring the hospital was a ‘murder scene’ and describing the lifesaving shots as ‘murder weapons’.
Eventually Corbyn can be seen being led out of the hospital in handcuffs and being put in a police van before being taken to Walworth Police Station.
Later he posted on social media: ‘Piers released from custody. Piers and David have been charged with “causing without reasonable excuse on NHS premises a nuisance / disturbance”.
Footage of the arrest showed Piers Corbyn being led away to the police station in Walworth
Corbyn was seen seconds earlier being led out of the hospital after the anti-vax protest
‘This is apparently the first time this charge has been used. Piers and David are pleading Not Guilty and will be in court on Feb 3.’
Earlier he had declared: ‘Piers and team were attempting to shut down Guy’s jab centre.’
The post also referenced what it said was a crime reference number relating to allegations about people being vaccinated.
It comes less than a month after anti-vax activists stormed a Covid testing site and marched through the facility where protesters tore down signs, threw traffic cones and appeared to steal medical supplies.
A demonstrator holds up a placard reading ‘Reclaim NHS, end jab tyranny now’ at the testing site in Milton Keynes today
A motorist remonstrates with anti-vaccination protesters during the rally at a Covid testing site in central Milton Keynes
Protesters throw traffic cones as they take part in an anti-vaccination ‘Freedom Rally’ inside an NHS Covid vaccination centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, this afternoon
Demonstrators in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, were filmed shouting ‘shame on you’ repeatedly at testing site staff.
Some held placards bearing slogans including ‘BBC: Just a bunch of WOKERS!’, ‘Fear is the currency of control’ and ‘Boris lied, people died’, while others threw traffic cones and pushed over signs.
Cries of ‘You murdering b****rds’ and ‘The wind is changing’ are heard as the crowd marches into the site, and one of the demonstrators appears to pick up testing equipment before carrying it out of one of the site’s tents.
One of the protesters is seen asking a member of staff in a high visibility jacket: ‘Have you had the vaccine yourself?’
The social media user who uploaded footage of the incident, which has been viewed 10,000 times, claimed that one protester ‘stole testing equipment and dumped it in a bin outside the centre’.
A spokesman for the Met Police told MailOnline of the London protest: ‘David Burridge, 44, of Hounslow and Piers Corbyn, 74, of Southwark have been charged with causing a nuisance or disturbance on NHS premises without reasonable excuse.
‘They were charged on Wednesday, 19 January and bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 3 February.
‘Police were called at 15:15hrs on Tuesday, 18 January to Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’s Street, SE1 following reports of people staging a protest.
‘Officers attended and arrested two men who were later charged as above.’