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'Yellow vest' activist James Goddard is charged with harassment



'Yellow vest' activist James Goddard is charged with harassment after shouting at MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament

  • The 29-year-old 'yellow vest' protester is accused of two counts of harassment
  • It comes after Tory Remainer Anna Soubry MP was taunted outside Parliament
  • Goddard is further accused of two public order offences against a police officer

By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline

Published: 09:36 EST, 19 February 2019 | Updated: 10:19 EST, 19 February 2019

'Yellow vest' activist James Goddard has been charged with harassment after MP Anna Soubry was taunted outside Parliament.

The 29-year-old is accused of two counts of harassment relating to incidents on December 19 and January 7, the CPS announced.

Goddard, from Leicester, is also accused of two public order offences against a police officer.

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

Ms Soubry, a prominent Tory Remainer, was taunted during a television interview, and then harangued by a group of men as she made her way back to Parliament.

Yellow vest activist James Goddard (left) has been charged with harassment after shouting at MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament (shown)
Yellow vest activist James Goddard (left) has been charged with harassment after shouting at MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament (shown)

Yellow vest activist James Goddard (left) has been charged with harassment after shouting at MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament (shown)

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

Footage was also posted online of Goddard shouting 'you ain't even f****** British' at a police officer.

The far-right rabble-rouser has a reputation for heckling people and has previously asked for online donations to support his 'yellow vest' campaign. 

The activist posted a video on Facebook today thanking supporters after being warned he was likely to be remanded in custody when he answered police bail.

He said: 'If they do remand me then we will just have to learn from it, go away, do it, come back even stronger.'

A CPS spokesman said: 'On February 5, the CPS received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to two incidents outside Parliament on December 19 and January 7 involving an MP.

'Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has authorised the police to charge James Goddard, 29, with harassment. He is also charged with two public order offences against a police officer.'

Goddard will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 19. 

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

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

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