A 60-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage following reports of an anti-vaccine protest outside Sajid Javid’s London home.
A video posted online appears to show a person delivering a letter with an anti-Covid vaccine message to what they claimed was the Health Secretary’s home in Fulham, south-west London.
In the footage, a man stands outside the property and addresses the camera for several minutes, saying the letter is putting the Health Secretary “personally on notice” for “harming” people in Britain with vaccines. The video then shows the man being restrained in handcuffs by police officers.
The Metropolitan Police said Geza Tarjanyi, 60, of Leyland, Lancashire, was arrested on Monday.
The force said he was due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with having an article with intent to destroy or damage property. He was then bailed to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on Feb 1.
Wes Streeting, Labour’s shadow health secretary, wrote on Twitter: “It’s completely unacceptable that anti-vaxxers turned up at Sajid Javid’s home, and it’s right that this should be taken seriously by the police. Best wishes to the Health Secretary and his family. They shouldn’t have to deal with this.”
It comes after Mr Javid said he was “appalled” by the “vile behaviour” of anti-vaccine protesters who entered a test and trace centre in Milton Keynes on Dec 29. Speaking that day, he said spreading lies about vaccines was “something that is costing lives”.
After visiting a vaccination centre in Lambeth, south London, he said: “We are working very hard across Government, particularly the Home Office, and the police are doing everything they can to tackle anti-vax protesters that are breaking the law.”