BBC presenter Jeremy Vine’s home targeted by anti-vaxx protesters who wanted to serve him with ‘papers’

By Elaine McCallig

Presenter Jeremy Vine’s home was targeted by anti-vaccine protesters who apparently disagreed with the BBC’s coverage of the vaccine.

Vine, a presenter on BBC Radio 2 and Channel 5, shared videos on Twitter of the protesters who tried to serve him an “anti-vaxx writ”.

Referring to themselves as “the resistance” in a video reposted by Vine, one of the protesters said that, if Vine didn’t answer the door and accept the “notice of liability”, the protesters would have “taken the whole street” using the yellow wooden boards they brought along.

Vine said one of the videos clearly showed his street name and house number.

On Twitter, Vine wrote: “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.”

The 56-year-old broadcaster also shared screenshots from a group chat called “Truth pills”.

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“Wait til we come with the noose Jeremy,” one user wrote.

Another person wrote: “Maybe we should go around when he’s in and take this c**t out. Enough is enough now.”

In a follow-up video, one of the protesters said he would go on Vine’s programme to discuss the matter further.

A protest also took place at the end of Vine’s road, with a different protester explaining how they “served” the papers to Vine’s wife, Rachel Schofield.

He said: “The thing is, we know their home address, we’ve got everybody’s address, we’ve got every MPs address, we’ve got every councillor’s address, we’ve got every judge’s address, we’ve got everyone who works for the mainstream media’s address. There’s people in the resistance working in all walks of life, we can get every piece of information that we need.”

Vine’s tweets were shared widely, with people wishing him well in the replies:

Carole Cadwalladr, the journalist who broke the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, also replied to Vine to share a video on anti-vaxxers from public service journalism platform All the Citizens:

Although it’s unclear what was in the “writ” given to Vine’s wife, anti-vaccine “notes” and literature have been distributed outside schools recently in a similar manner.

To learn more about the anti-vaccine movement and where it started, check out indy100’s explainer.


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