Piers Corbyn says he has been fined £10,000 for organising anti-lockdown protest

Piers Corbyn said he has been slapped with a £10,000 fine under newly-introduced coronavirus laws for organising an anti-lockdown protest in central London.

The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those to attend the "Unite for Freedom" protest on Saturday, which was held in Trafalgar Square.

The 73-year-old, a climate change denier who set up controversial weather forecasting business Weather Action, said on Twitter he had been handed the fixed penalty fine as "organiser".

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding banners take part in a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding a banner march towards Westminster from Trafalgar Square during a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester remonstrates with police officers during a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters take part in a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters take part in a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Police takes security measures as protesters march towards Westminster and Downing Street during a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Anti-mask protesters participate in the Unite for Freedom protest outside Downing Street on August 29, 2020 in London, England. Speakers, including Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers Corbyn, spoke to hundreds of people gathered in Trafalgar square during an anti-mask demo. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Anti-mask protesters participate in the Unite for Freedom protest in Trafalgar Sq on August 29, 2020 in London, England. Speakers, including Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers Corbyn, spoke to hundreds of people gathered in Trafalgar square during an anti-mask demo. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester holds a placard taking part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester holds a placard taking part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards as they take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards as they take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards as they take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Celebrity conspiracy theorist David Icke is greted by adoring admirers as they gather in Trafalgar Square for an anti-lockdown and pro-personal freedom protest against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Celebrity conspiracy theorist David Icke is greted by adoring admirers as they gather in Trafalgar Square for an anti-lockdown and pro-personal freedom protest against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Celebrity conspiracy theorist David Icke is greted by adoring admirers as they gather in Trafalgar Square for an anti-lockdown and pro-personal freedom protest against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown and conspiracy theory literature on sale as Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown protesters, who believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, gather at the 'Unite For Freedom' rally in Trafalgar Square, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester holds a placard taking part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown protesters, who believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, gather at the 'Unite For Freedom' rally in Trafalgar Square, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
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In the tweet to his more than 31,000 followers, he called the demonstration an "epic success".

Under new changes to regulations, those attending a gathering of more than 30 people may be committing a criminal offence.

Hundreds of protesters, some of whom displayed anti-mask and anti-vaccination placards, gathered in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police handed out letters explaining the newly-introduced legislation to demonstrators as they marched down Whitehall.

On Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said a 73-year-old man was arrested in Trafalgar Square at 3.25pm on suspicion of breaking the new Health Protection Regulations 2020.

He was informed on Sunday that a fixed penalty notice would be issued for £10,000 for the offence of holding a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor place, according to the force.

He has been released from custody, police added.

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