Not first arrest’ for yellow vest fanatic
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.