Jeremy Corbyn’s brother charged with breaching lockdown on two occasions

Jeremy Corbyn's brother is facing two charges of breaching lockdown rules after allegedly participating in conspiracy theorist demonstrations blaming coronavirus on the 5G network.

Piers Corbyn, 73, was first arrested on May 16 during a demonstration at Hyde Park Corner involving 50 people.

He was allegedly among those claiming that the pandemic was both a hoax and that it was caused by the new 5G internet masts.

He was charged with offences under the Health Protection Regulations 2020 and told to attend Westminster Magistrates' Court on August 20.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Police officers apprehend Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, during a demonstration against the coronavirus lockdown at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park on May 30, 2020 in London, England. Beginning Monday there will be further easing of the lockdown measures adopted over two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Police officers apprehend Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, during a demonstration against the coronavirus lockdown at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park on May 30, 2020 in London, England. Beginning Monday there will be further easing of the lockdown measures adopted over two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Police officers surround Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, before arresting him during a demonstration against the coronavirus lockdown at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park on May 30, 2020 in London, England. Beginning Monday there will be further easing of the lockdown measures adopted over two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is arrested as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is arrested as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is arrested as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is arrested as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is arrested as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is spoken to by the Police as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is spoken to by the Police as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
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Mr Corbyn, a climate change denier who set up controversial weather forecasting business Weather Action, was charged with the same offence over protests on May 30.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court for those offences on July 24.

Twelve others were arrested and charged under the Health Protection Act for allegedly taking part in the anti-lockdown protests of May 16.

All are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

– Jeffery Wyatt, 56, of Milton Keynes, is due in court on July 10.

– Dimitri Pensin, 34, of Pinner, north-west London, and Alexander Heaton, 37, of Bow, east London, are due in court on August 12.

– Princess Rose Morgan, 56, of Lambeth, south London, is due in court on August 13.

– Philip Hartley, 37, of Doncaster, Yorkshire; Fiona Hine, 35, of Wandsworth, south-west London; Jackub Andrzej, 27, of Ealing, west London; and Jaime Stewart, of Wood Green, north London, are all due in court on August 18.

– Ian Jackson, 66, of Wandsworth, south-west London, is due in court on August 19.

– Azelia Aqui, 29, of no fixed address; Donnalee Andrews, 55, of Northampton; and Aleksandrs Rimicans, of Islington, north London, are all due in court on August 20.

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