Yellow vest protester Goddard arrested after blocking Jeremy Corbyn car
Self-styled yellow vest protester James Goddard has been arrested after blocking a car as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn left a rally.
Footage shared to Goddard’s YouTube channel shows him using a megaphone to shout “Corbyn is a traitor” at the vehicle outside the Lowry Theatre in Salford.
The pro-Brexit campaigner can also be heard chanting “We love you Boris, we do”, while other members of the crowd continue to call Mr Corbyn a “traitor”.
At the end of the video, after blocking the car for a little over five minutes, Goddard is seen being handcuffed by police.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that officers arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of breach of the peace shortly before 8pm on Monday.
Simon Archer, 32, who witnessed Mr Goddard’s arrest, said the Brexit campaigner was pleading with officers not to send him to prison.
“I didn’t see what caused them to act but they restrained him against a lamppost, which is where he began to plead with the police not to send him to prison as he would be killed,” Mr Archer told the PA news agency.
“He claimed he hadn’t broken the law.”
The small business owner, who lives in south Manchester, said Goddard was accompanied by around 10 others and had been waiting for cars to leave the garage where the rally took place.
“As soon as they did they surrounded the cars and shouted ‘traitor, traitor’ (and) ‘we won, get over it’ at counter protesters,” he said.
In July, Goddard was banned from going near Parliament for five years after hurling abuse at Remain-supporting MP Anna Soubry.
He was handed an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, after he was filmed calling the former Conservative a Nazi and a traitor in December and January.
Earlier in June, Goddard was fined £300 after being convicted of assaulting a photojournalist at a demo in Manchester.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Shortly before 8pm on Monday 2 September 2019, police arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of breach of the peace.
“The arrest was made following the conclusion of an event being held at the Lowry Theatre, Salford.
“The man remains in custody for questioning.”