Covid testing centre security under review after ‘vile behaviour’ of anti-vaccine protesters

Covid testing centre security is to be reviewed after anti-vaxxers stormed a facility in Milton Keynes.  During the incident on Wednesday, dozens of protesters entered the site and appeared to damage and remove testing equipment in videos shared on social media. The Independent has reported that national health protection officials are now reviewing Wednesday’s incident in Milton Keynes and looking at what measures are needed to prevent anything similar happening in future.

Anti-vaxxers were seen holding placards which read: “Reclaim NHS. End jab tyranny now.” Others shouted “shame on you” and “disgrace”, as staff appeared to run away and lock themselves in nearby buildings Counter-terrorism security advisers have reportedly been offering advice on protective measures to vaccine centres since the start of the Covid immunisation programme.

No one was arrested during Wednesday’s incident, but Thames Valley Police has now released an image of a woman officers want to speak to over the theft of equipment.

Thames Valley Police has released this image of a woman officers want to speak toCredit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Chief Inspector Graham Hadley said: “We are carrying out a thorough investigation into the protest that happened. “As part of our enquiries, we believe the woman pictured may have information that could help our investigation. “We are also continuing to appeal for witnesses to this incident, anyone who has information or video footage, to please come forward.”

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said any increased security at the Milton Keynes testing centre and other similar sites in the region would be a decision for the NHS and its contractors. Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said he was “appalled” at such “vile behaviour” towards healthcare workers.

Piers Corbyn was pictured at a demonstration in Milton Keynes on WednesdayCredit: Martin Pope/Getty Images

Piers Corbyn was pictured attending other stops during the so-called “Freedom Rally”, including an invasion of the Milton Keynes Theatre.

2/ …and it is completely unacceptable that conspiracy theorists are intimidating and harassing those administering tests or delivering the life-saving vaccine programme. The police have my full support to take swift action where necessary.

— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) December 30, 2021

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, Tweeted: “The police have my full support to take swift action where necessary. 

“We’ll always give the police the powers and resources they need to keep the British people safe.”

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