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Goddard was spared jail by a judge but is banned from contacting the Remain supporting MP for the same amount of time

Self-styled ‘yellow vest’ James Goddard has avoided prison after being handed an eight week suspended sentence after calling Remain MP Anna Soubry a Nazi.

Goddard, 29, pleaded guilty to causing Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress during protests outside Parliament last Friday.

He also pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence against a police constable.

He initially denied the offences.

Goddard was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge using disorderly behaviour with intent to cause Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress.

He was also handed a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Soubry and told he cannot enter an area, including Parliament Square, College Green, the Palace of Westminster, Portcullis House and Downing Street, and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay the MP £200 compensation.

Goddard, who was often seen on demonstrations with his supporters wearing a hi-vis vest, originally denied one count of harassment without violence outside the Houses of Parliament when Ms Soubry, then a Conservative MP, was called a “Nazi, traitor and scum”.

Last month, Goddard was fined £300 after being convicted of assaulting a photojournalist at a demo in Manchester.

Goddard, of Timperley in Altrincham, was thrown out of court during a previous case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court last month after interrupting the judge.

His trial hearing was delayed today after he mounted a bid to have district Emma Arbuthnot removed from his case.

Her husband, James, was a Tory MP for almost 30 years and is now a Tory life peer.

He will be sentenced on Monday.

In a statement following the case on Friday, Ms Soubry said: “I am pleased that both defendants have pleaded guilty to two public order offences and in relation to Goddard the additional offence of racially aggravated abuse of a police officer.

“They have admitted these crimes and accepted that their behaviour on two occasions outside Parliament was wrong and unjustified. Everyone is entitled to go about their lawful business.

“In a democracy, people have a right to peaceful lawful protest. No-one has the right to intimidate and abuse anyone. I am particularly pleased justice has been done in relation to the police officer.

“Racist abuse is deplorable and should never be tolerated.”

Daily Mirror

UK “yellow vest” protester James Goddard has admitted harassing pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry after verbally abusing her outside parliament.

Goddard also pleaded guilty to the racially-aggravated harassment of a police officer during protests in London.

The 29-year-old admitted the offences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, following a series of hearings that were disrupted by his supporters.

It came after he was convicted of assaulting a news photographer in a separate incident in Manchester.

The independent

Ukip supporter Hall sent the emails in the wake of a Brexit debate in parliament

Ukip supporter Hall sent the emails in the wake of a Brexit debate in parliament

A man sent racist and threatening emails to six MPs, including one which urged David Lammy to “remember what happened to Jo Cox”.

David William Hall, 72, of Wolverhampton admitted six counts of sending grossly offensive messages.

Emails were also sent to MPs Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry, Nicky Morgan and Heidi Allen.

Hall, who also sent a email to Eleanor Smith calling for her to be put on a “banana boat”, will be sentenced later.

Former education secretary Ms Morgan said the “threats of violence or death” crossed a line.

‘Burn in hell’

Ukip supporter Hall sent the emails last December, in the wake of a Brexit debate in parliament, the court heard.

One email, littered with capital letters and exclamation marks, was sent by Hall to four of the MPs after a parliamentary vote on an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

It had in the subject line: “Your back stabbing treachery” and read: “You deserve to be HUNG for your attack on our democracy yesterday.”

The email concluded, in capitals: “May you burn in hell for eternity.”

Prosecutor Matthew Brook said an email to Wolverhampton MP Eleanor Smith was sent after she made comments about the Black Country flag.

Mr Lammy and Ms Morgan attended court to give evidence against Hall when he entered his guilty pleas.

Speaking outside court Ms Morgan, Conservative MP for Loughborough, said: “MPs are of course subject to robust debate and scrutiny, which is what we should be.

“When things tip over into threats of violence or death, then I think a line has been crossed.”

BBC News