COVID-19: Piers Corbyn arrested over leaflets comparing coronavirus jabs to Holocaust | UK News

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Piers Corbyn has been arrested by police over leaflets that evaluate the UK’s COVID vaccine rollout to the Holocaust.

The anti-lockdown campaigner, the elder brother of former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, informed Sky News he had been bailed after attending a police station.

Officers had investigated the distribution of leaflets after they have been closely criticised by Mr Corbyn’s native council.

He confirmed the leaflets in query have been the identical as one which seems on his “Cease New Regular” web site, which incorporates the phrases “vaccines are secure path to freedom” above the gates of the Auschwitz focus camp.

Mr Corbyn denied that the leaflets have been offensive.

“The assertion that vaccines are the trail to freedom is fake, as certainly was the Nazi declare that work is the trail to freedom,” he informed Sky News.

“It is not offensive, what occurred within the Holocaust was horrible and offensive – that is not actually what this query is about.”

He added he had given a “full rebuttal” to police after his “voluntary arrest”.

“They phoned me and needed to query me so I volunteered to go to the police station,” Mr Corbyn stated.

“When there they stated they want to arrest me to allow them to look into something that was about my particular person or about my flat.”

The Met Police stated that officers “investigating reviews of malicious materials within the type of a leaflet being circulated in south London in late January have made two arrests”.

“A 73-year-old man was arrested in Southwark on Wednesday, 3 February on suspicion of malicious communications and public nuisance,” Scotland Yard added in a press release.

“A 37-year-old man was arrested earlier the identical day in Bow, east London, on suspicion of a public order offence.

“Each males have been taken to a south London police station. They’ve since been bailed to return on a date in early March.”

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The Met Police stated the leaflet “contained materials that appeared to evaluate the COVID-19 vaccination programme with the Holocaust”.

Labour’s Neil Coyle, the MP for Bermondsey and Previous Southwark, had earlier thanked police for his or her “swift response to this despicable materials” and for many who reported the “vile leaflet”.