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Watch: Police seize amplifiers from Stop Brexit protester Steve Bray outside Parliament

28 Jun 2022 3 minute read
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice with anti-Brexit protestor Steve Bray. Photo Aaron Chown PA Images

Police in Westminster have seized amplifiers from “Stop Brexit Man” Steve Bray after they said he was protesting too loudly.

On Tuesday afternoon, a group of officers swooped on Mr Bray, who appeared to try and stop them taking his amplification equipment.

Mr Bray was told that under the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Act, which came into force earlier in the day, he was forbidden from holding a noisy protest within a designated area outside the Houses of Parliament.

The top hat-wearing demonstrator from Port Talbot is often seen in the area playing loud music in a protest sometimes coinciding with Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr Bray was known as the Stop Brexit Man because he used a megaphone to shout “Stop Brexit”.

In social media footage, Mr Bray, who was surrounded by banners and European Union flags, could be seen struggling with officers and telling them “hands off” as they attempted to take the amplifiers.

An officer could be heard responding: “You’ve already been warned not to turn it on.”

Mr Bray then demanded officers return a banner he said had been taken from him, before accusing them of breaking one of the amplifiers.

His hat could be seen falling off in the scuffle.

An increasingly irate Mr Bray could be later heard shouting at officers: “You fascists! This is not law! Fascist mouthpiece.”

In another video on his Twitter account, a police officer was heard telling Mr Bray he will be summoned to court over getting his amplifiers back.

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Other officers could be heard warning Mr Bray he could be arrested if he continues using the speakers to play music in the area.

The laws came as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, which included measures to curtail noisy protests.

Officers said the equipment was being seized under section 145 of The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, which on Tuesday was extended to a wider area around the Houses of Parliament.

The Metropolitan Police has been approached for comment.

Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington, condemned the action to “silence” Mr Bray.

He told the House of Commons: “I know many of us have had brushes with Mr Bray but his voice is being silenced today – by tomorrow there could be many others who have never demonstrated previously who are subject to prosecution under this law.”


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

And so begins the Conservative police state. They are using recent legislation passed to prohibit peaceful protesting by silencing Anti-Brexit campaigner Peter Bray’s voice. What next? The removal of a protester not wearing sufficient cold weather clothing Anything’s possible with this Tory idocracy.

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
John Davis
John Davis
1 month ago

The Tories are determined to cling on to power. Johnson has used his libertarian image as a smokescreen to hide the hard right reality. He has shut out journalists who are not seen as sufficiently pro-government, wants to stop the judiciary from holding him to account, and now is curtailing protests which don’t have his support. His cabinet is filled with hardline Brexiteers. Let’s not forget that Rees-Mogg, Minister for Brexit Opportunities (should there be any), actually threatened companies that spoke out against Brexit with punitive action. No government contracts, no government access. That’s the sort of government which has… Read more »

Tewdrig
Tewdrig
1 month ago

Good.

Tewdrig
Tewdrig
1 month ago
Reply to  Tewdrig

Three downvotes for my comment and praise for this pathetic man who is paid to “protest” all day. Any of you actually seen him in person? He’s a nutter, shouldn’t be allowed to stand in Parliament Square all day. Probably could do with professional help.

Kurt C
Kurt C
1 month ago
Reply to  Tewdrig

He is a national treasure of Cumru, protesting against the greed of brexit. Even funny with song choices, while polite to everyone except the lying politicians. Tice is one if the biggest scums to live after Farage and Johnson.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago
Reply to  Tewdrig

Think you’ll find its 7 downvotes now 😊 PS. he’s not the one who is ‘pathetic’ 😉

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Oswald Moseley would be so proud. All we need now is the Met to patrol in brown shirts and we are all but there.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
1 month ago

Tory police state. Steve Bray should be applauded for exposing Johnson’s Brexit lies, not hounded and criminalised.

Arwyn
Arwyn
1 month ago

Why does Drakeford think we’re better off in this State? Chasing unicorns about Labour UK Governments that occasionally bookend long periods of far right Tory abomination of governments. I sincerely hope his membership change his branches’ tack.

Last edited 1 month ago by Arwyn
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

we in Wales voted for brexit so Steve please be quiet!

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 month ago

The only man in Port Talbot to wear a Top Hat….or regularly be seen with a Butchers Apron.

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Andrew Redman
Andrew Redman
1 month ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Port Talbot voted for Brexit. He is not only protesting about Brexit but any cause that he doesn’t agree with. There is a democratic right to protest. In his case, his intent is to cause as much disruption as possible by playing loud music up to 12 hours plus day and night disrupting Radio and Television listeners’ ability to hear various politicians being interviewed.Anyone else would require a licence to play music in public but he obviously thinks that he is a special case. Some might well agree that he is a …case!!!

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