Jeremy Vine reveals anti-vaxxers turned up on the doorstep of his family home this morning – serving a ‘writ’ to his wife in his absence – in protest at BBC’s support for Covid vaccination
- The BBC Radio 2 presenter, 56, told his 771,000 followers a group of anti-vaxxers turned up at his family home in London on Sunday morning
- Vine wasn’t in but his wife received the documents instead with the group threatening to ‘make a statement’ while they were on the street where he lives
- Second video shows larger group calling itself the ‘resistence’ gathered as voice behind camera says they’ll ‘take the whole street’ by putting up protest boards
- Earlier this week, Vine was at London’s High Court; he is suing Alex Belfield, saying he defamed and harassed him online
- Mr Belfield, who operates a YouTube channel, is disputing the claims against him
Jeremy Vine has revealed his wife was served with a writ by anti-vaxxers over the BBC’s support of the Covid vaccine this morning – and says a large group of protesters were waiting to ‘take the street’ if she hadn’t accepted it.
The BBC Radio 2 presenter, 56, told his 771,000 followers that a group identifying themselves as the ‘resistance’ had arrived at the family home he shares with his wife and two daughters in London on Sunday morning to issue the document.
The star wasn’t at the property and his wife, journalist Rachel Schofield, was presented with the document instead.
A second video, filmed before the doorstepping, shows a larger group calling itself the ‘resistence’ gathered nearby, as a voice behind the camera says they’ll ‘take the whole street’ by putting up yellow protest boards if the broadcaster doesn’t answer the door.
Tweeting about the unexpected intrusion, Vine said: ‘I’m not at home at the moment, so these guys just served an “anti-vaxx writ” on my wife instead.’
Targeted: The BBC Radio 2 presenter, 56, told his 771,000 followers a group of anti-vaxxers turned up at his family home in West London on Sunday morning
A smartly dressed man is seen explaining to camera that the mission to issue the writ went ‘better than expected’
Another piece of footage, shot earlier shows a larger group gathered close to where the star lives, with a voice behind the camera saying if Vine refuses to answer his door, they’ll ‘take the street’
He continued: ‘They are angry at the BBC’s #CovidVaccine reporting. They were polite, for which I’m grateful, but coming to my home on a Sunday? And I’m a little unnerved by the heavy breathing too.’
He later followed up with another tweet, showing footage of the protest group waiting nearby with yellow boards, saying: ‘If my wife hadn’t accepted the “anti-vaxx writ” on my behalf, this group waiting near my house would then have “taken the whole street.”
‘The original video shows street name and house number really clearly. Always happy to engage but not like this.’
In the first piece of footage, a smartly dressed man is seen explaining to camera that the mission to issue the writ went well.
He looks the camera and says in broken English: ‘That went better than expected o we don’t need to make a huge point.’
A voice is heard behind the camera saying: ‘Fantastic, job done, guys, job done.’
He adds that the group ‘don’t need to bring out the yellow boards’ but ‘it’s always good to make a statement’ and says he’ll keep viewers posted on ‘how this unfolds’.
Earlier footage hears the same man explaining why they’ve visited the presenter’s home. He says: ‘We’ve got quite a few people down here, one or two of us in the resistance have turned up.’
Vine told his followers: ‘They are angry at the BBC’s #CovidVaccine reporting. They were polite, for which I’m grateful, but coming to my home on a Sunday?’
Last week, the broadcaster began a High Court defamation case against an ex-local radio presenter who he says harassed him on YouTube and Twitter.
is suing 41-year-old Alex Belfield, saying he defamed and harassed him on the social media platforms between May and August 2020.
Mr Belfield, who operates a YouTube channel, is disputing claims made against him.
Jeremy Vine (pictured leaving the Royal Courts of Justice today), 56, is suing Alex Belfield, saying he defamed and harassed him on YouTube and Twitter between May and August 2020
The judge heard that Alex Belfield (pictured in July this year), 41, was a former local radio presenter who operated a YouTube channel called Alex Belfield – The Voice Of Reason
A judge oversaw a preliminary hearing at the High Court in London on Tuesday.
Mr Justice Nicklin considered legal issues and made no rulings on any issues.
Mr Vine attended the hearing and was seen leaving the Royal Courts of Justice shortly afterwards.
The judge heard that Mr Belfield was a former local radio presenter who operated a YouTube channel called Alex Belfield – The Voice Of Reason.
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