Sajid Javid condemns ‘mob’ of anti-vaxxers in Milton Keynes

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  • Piers Corbyn
    British political activist
  • Sajid Javid
    British politician (born 1969)
  • Priti Patel
    Priti Patel
    British politician (born 1972)
Anti-vaccine protesters in Milton Keynes Theatre on Wednesday (PA)
Anti-vaccine protesters in Milton Keynes Theatre on Wednesday (PA)

Sajid Javid has slammed the “vile” behaviour of a mob of anti-vaccine protesters who stormed a test and trace centre in Milton Keynes.

Footage shows dozens of people entering the facility on Wednesday, where they appeared to intimidate volunteers, damage and remove testing equipment.

“I was appalled to see Piers Corbyn and his mob threaten NHS test and trace staff who are working so hard to keep people safe,” Mr Javid tweeted.

“This kind of vile behaviour is unacceptable.”

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel said she was bringing forward her controversial Policing bill to “crack down” on such “disruptive” protests.

“It is more important than ever that people have their vaccinations and booster jabs and it is completely unacceptable that conspiracy theorists are intimidating and harassing those administering tests or delivering the life-saving vaccine programme,” Ms Patel tweeted.

“The police have my full support to take swift action where necessary.

“We’ll always give the police the powers (and) resources they need to keep the British people safe.

“That’s why we’re bringing forward measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill to crack down on public nuisance & disruptive protests that impact the law-abiding majority.”

Anti-vaxxer Piers Corbyn was seen speaking at the demonstration. He was arrested on suspicion of encouraging people to attack MPs’ offices earlier this month.

The group also entered Milton Keynes Theatre during their march.

Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and a member of the Vaccine Task Force, told Times Radio the group were “crazy”.

“That’s completely unacceptable behaviour by any standard. There are a group of crazy people who don’t want to have vaccines and who you’ll never persuade to have vaccines, and as far as I’m concerned, good luck to them,” he said.

On Wednesday Thames Valley Police had called for the public to share information with them about the protest by calling 101 or finding them online and quoting reference 604 29/12/2021, adding that no arrests had been made.

Police were approached on Thursday for an update on its investigation but had not received a response at the time of publication.

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