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Police arrest James Goddard on suspicion of public order offences

James Goddard, the “yellow vest” activist at the centre of controversy over the harassment of MPs and journalists outside parliament, has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of committing public order offences.

The pro-Brexit activist was arrested outside St James Park tube station in west London on Saturday in connection with incidents that happened in Westminster on Monday, the Metropolitan police said.

Scotland Yard began an investigation after the Conservative MP Anna Soubry was surrounded by protesters on Monday outside parliament and called a “Nazi”. Police did not confirm whether Goddard’s arrest was related to the incident.

His supporters claimed he was about to hand himself in to Holborn police station, according to the BBC journalist Daniel Sandford.

The police, who would not name Goddard, said: “We can confirm that a man in his 30s was arrested at 11.42hrs on Saturday 12 January outside St James Park tube station on suspicion of a public order offence … He is currently in police custody and is being taken to a central London police station.”

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