Not first ar­rest’ for yel­low vest fa­natic

The People - - News Features - By Alan Selby and Oliver Milne

BREXIT ag­i­ta­tor James God­dard looks to be on the naughty list as he is pic­tured in a Santa suit hand­cuffed to a “po­lice­woman”.

And the pro­tester, 29, was ar­rested for real yes­ter­day on sus­pi­cion of a pub­lic or­der of­fence af­ter al­legedly help­ing or­gan­ise a day of ac­tion by far-right yel­low vest pro­test­ers.

The un­seen im­ages, from

Christ­mas 2009, show him in raunchy poses at Liq­uid night­club in Le­ices­ter. They emerged af­ter a for­mer co-worker said: “He had a chip on his shoul­der and it was al­ways some­one else’s fault.”

Un­em­ployed Mr God­dard, from Anstey, Le­ics, was held out­side a Lon­don Un­der­ground sta­tion as marchers hit the cap­i­tal. He had pre­vi­ously been iden­ti­fied as among pro­test­ers who sur­rounded and abused Tory MP Anna Soubry, call­ing her a “Nazi”. Af­ter be­ing re­leased with­out charge on bail last night, he was given two hours to leave the area in­side the M25. He read de­tails of his bail to sup­port­ers at a pub in Hol­born be­fore head­ing home.

In a video posted on­line, he claimed Ms Soubry had or­ches­trated his ar­rest, adding: “She is not even a mem­ber of Cab­i­net and she has done this. This is gonna open the big­gest can of worms.”

He also vowed to stage protests in Manch­ester or Le­ices­ter.

Mean­while, there were ugly scenes as far-right yel­low vest pro­test­ers tar­geted an anti-aus­ter­ity rally in Trafal­gar Square – with some lob­bing glass bot­tles. Scot­land Yard said one man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault­ing an of­fi­cer.

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