Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers charged with organising Covid 'hoax' protest in Sheffield as video shows moment of arrest

JEREMY Corbyn's brother Piers is to appear in court accused of planning an illegal gathering under new Covid laws.

Piers Corbyn, 73, was arrested in Sheffield city centre at the weekend during a protest that left four cops injured.

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The former Labour leader's sibling is charged with three offences under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020.

Footage obtained by Sun Online shows the moment he was led away by cops as the crowd chanted "Nazis".

At one stage he can be seen flinging his arm out as he is escorted away by officers towards a waiting police van.

A police spokesperson said: "It is alleged that Corbyn arranged and facilitated, then participated in, a gathering of more than 30 people on Saturday 5 September.

"He is also accused of failing to wear a face covering in a required area."

Corbyn, based in London, has been bailed to appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court in November.

A 44-year-old man from the Reading area was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder at the gathering.

He has since been released on bail.

The police spokesperson added: "Saturday's protest led to significant disruption for shoppers and members of the public in the city centre, and four of our officers were assaulted and left with minor injuries.

"Coronavirus remains a deadly disease.

"South Yorkshire Police officers will remain on the front line to protect our communities during this pandemic, and ensure the laws in place to prevent its spread are respected."

Last month Corbyn was fined £10,000 under the new coronavirus laws for taking part in another anti-lockdown protest in central London.

The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those to attend the "Unite for Freedom" protest on August 29, which was held in Trafalgar Square.

Mr Corbyn said he was handed the fixed penalty fine as "organiser".

Under new laws, those at a gathering of more than 30 people may be committing an offence.

Police gave out letters explaining the newly introduced legislation to demonstrators as they marched down Whitehall.

Corbyn is calling for an end to face masks and social distancing.

In the tweet to his more than 31,000 followers, he called the demonstration an "epic success".

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