Leyland man charged after reports of anti-vaccine protest outside Sajid Javid’s home
A 60-year-old man from Lancashire has been charged with criminal damage following reports of an anti-vaccine protest outside the Health Secretary’s London home.
A video posted online appears to show a person delivering a letter with an anti-Covid vaccine message to what they claimed was Sajid Javid’s home in Fulham.
In the footage, a man stands outside the property and addresses the camera for several minutes, saying the letter is putting the Health Secretary “personally on notice” for “harming” people in Britain with vaccines.
The video then shows the man being restrained in handcuffs by police officers.
The Metropolitan Police said Geza Tarjanyi, 60, of Boundary Street, Leyland, Lancashire, was arrested in Fulham on Monday.
The force said Tarjanyi was due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with having an article with intent to destroy or damage property.
He was bailed to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on February 1.
Geza Tarjanyi, also known as Gayzer Frackman, has been a prominent anti-fracking campaigner in Lancashire and has taken part in a series of protests against gas drilling including lobbying the Prime Minister at Downing Street in 2016.
The former Lytham resident claimed that his house had been damaged by earth tremors caused by a fracking test at Preese Hall in 2011.
In October 2020 he was convicted of a public order offence when he interrupted a Lancashire Fringe Festival performance at the Harris Museum.
Labour’s shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said on Twitter: “It’s completely unacceptable that anti-vaxxers turned up at Sajid Javid’s home and it’s right that this should be taken seriously by the Police.
“Best wishes to the Health Secretary and his family. They shouldn’t have to deal with this.”
It comes after the Health Secretary said he was “appalled” by the “vile behaviour” of anti-vaccine protesters who entered a test and trace centre in Milton Keynes on December 29.
Speaking on the same day, Mr Javid said spreading lies about vaccines is “something that is costing lives”.
After visiting a vaccination centre in Lambeth, south London, he said: “We are working very hard across Government, particularly the Home Office and the police are doing everything they can to tackle anti-vax protesters that are breaking the law.”
Want to see fewer ads? Subscribers to the Lancashire Post get access to the ad-lite version of our website, which features 70% fewer ads and faster load times for a better experience. Find out more