James Goddard arrest: UK ‘yellow vest’ Brexiteer held after allegedly threatening journalist in Manchester

A leading member of the UK “yellow vests” has been arrested for allegedly threatening a journalist.

James Goddard was filmed shouting at a photographer during a protest on Saturday, telling him: “I’ve warned you, I swear to god when there’s no police around here, I’m going to take your head off your shoulders, and all the football lads will as well, your card is marked.”

Greater Manchester Police said a 29-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of assault and public order offences.

“He remains in custody for questioning,” a statement added.

Police did not name the arrested suspect but The Independent understands it is Mr Goddard.

The activist was already on bail over incidents in Westminster where the pro-Brexit “yellow vests” called Conservative MP Anna Soubry a “traitor” and followed her.

He was arrested at the start of a London protest on 12 January on suspicion of a public order offence by the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Goddard was banned from London under his bail conditions and is due to report to police on Tuesday.

He has been attending weekly “yellow vest” protests staged in other British towns and cities.

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