Piers Corbyn anti-vaxxers storm pantomime in latest 'freedom' stunt

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MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Piers Corbyn and protesters forcibly enter the theatre to protest against cashless transactions and vaccine passports joined by Piers Corbyn on December 29, 2021 in Milton Keynes, England. Protesters are demonstrating against further Covid restrictions and perceived medical apartheid with a march to Milton Keynes main shopping centre. (Photo by Martin Pope/Getty Images)
Piers Corbyn and protesters forcibly enter the theatre to protest against vaccine passports. (Getty Images)

Piers Corbyn and other anti-vaxxers have stormed a pantomime show in the latest “freedom” stunt.

A video shared on social media showed Corbyn making a speech against COVID passports inside the Milton Keynes Theatre on Wednesday after “forcing” his way into the venue.

The theatre requires all people over the age of 18 to show their COVID status to gain entry. 

Actor Pete Firman, who was performing in the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime, accused the protesters of “terrifying young children”.

"Anti-vaxxers disrupting the interval at our Pantomime today,” he wrote on social media.

“Police had to be called to deal with it and forcibly remove them.”

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MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Piers Corbyn speaks as protesters forcibly enter the theatre to protest against cashless transactions and vaccine passports joined by Piers Corbyn on December 29, 2021 in Milton Keynes, England. Protesters are demonstrating against further Covid restrictions and perceived medical apartheid with a march to Milton Keynes main shopping centre. (Photo by Martin Pope/Getty Images)
Piers Corbyn speaks inside the foyer. (Getty)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Piers Corbyn andpProtesters forcibly enter the theatre to protest against cashless transactions and vaccine passports joined by Piers Corbyn and Jeff Wyatt  on December 29, 2021 in Milton Keynes, England. Protesters are demonstrating against further Covid restrictions and perceived medical apartheid with a march to Milton Keynes main shopping centre. (Photo by Martin Pope/Getty Images)
The anti-vaxxers were also protesting cashless payments. (Getty)

Milton Keynes Theatre confirmed protesters had entered the foyer during a performance.

They added in a statement to Whatsonstage.com: "Regarding the events this afternoon: A group of protestors forced their way into our foyer during the matinee [performance].

“Although we respect the right to choose whether to have a vaccination, we rebuke the actions taken that saw our staff and patrons frightened and assaulted.

"At a time when customers should be enjoying the fun and excitement of panto, it's sad to see the visit for our customers marred in this way.

“We praise the efforts of our staff this afternoon in what was a very difficult situation and thank our customers for their support.

"Milton Keynes Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group will continue to follow government Covid-19 guidelines to keep our staff, customers and visiting company as safe as possible, and to enable live theatre to continue during this pandemic."

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MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Piers Corbyn speaks to protesters as they gather on December 29, 2021 in Milton Keynes, England. Protesters are demonstrating against further Covid restrictions with a march to Milton Keynes main shopping centre. (Photo by Martin Pope/Getty Images)
Piers Corbyn speaks to protesters as they gather in Milton Keynes. (Getty)

Meanwhile, police have called for the public to share information with them following an anti-vaccination protest at a test and trace centre in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.

Dozens of marchers entered the facility and appeared to damage testing equipment in videos shared on social media.

Videos of the protest appear to show a crowd of marchers entering the test and trace centre and throwing traffic cones towards the marquee set up to administer tests.

Other protesters are shown knocking down signs for the testing centre, while the crowd is heard shouting “shame on you”.

Some of the crowd are shown approaching centre staff and filming them on their mobile phones.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: A protester grabs medical equipment as anti-vaccine protesters disrupt the Covid-19 testing centre on December 29, 2021 in Milton Keynes, England. Protesters are demonstrating against further Covid restrictions and perceived medical apartheid with a march to Milton Keynes main shopping centre. (Photo by Martin Pope/Getty Images)
A protester grabs medical equipment as anti-vaccine protesters disrupt a COVID-19 testing centre. (Getty)

Matthew Barber, police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley, said it was “appalling” to see the protest “escalate into something much uglier”.

He added he had spoken to Thames Valley Police officers to discuss the police response on Wednesday evening, and said that “criminal offences will be investigated and appropriate action taken”.

The force said that no arrests had been made, but that they had footage of the incident.

Earlier this month, Corbyn was arrested on suspicion of encouraging people to attack MPs’ offices.

The arrest was related to a video shared on social media showing Corbyn criticising politicians who voted for COVID restrictions.

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