POLICE were called to ITN’s Grays Inn Road HQ in London after a group of protesters headed by Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers “unlawfully gained access” to the building.
The centre – that hosts programmes such at ITV News at Ten and Channel 4 News and 5 News forced their way into the building on Gray’s Inn Road in Camden following an anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown protest in central London.
Images posted on social media by ITN staff showed dozens of people in the ITN reception, with police standing between them and security barriers into the main building.
A group of anti-vaccine protesters has entered the ITN Productions building in central London. Police officers are trying to block the gates to protect staff, who are currently locked in.
One worker said: “A group of anti-vaccine protesters has entered the ITN Productions building in central London. Police officers are trying to block the gates to protect staff, who are currently locked in.”
“After police ask anti-vaccine protesters to leave the premises, they hand over a written request about a live TV debate on Covid and vaccines and leave, saying they’ll be back in a week if their demands are not met. The corwd is now marching again.”
Crowds of police were also gathered on the pavement outside to block any more any more demonstrators forcing their way in.
A video circulated on Twitter showed protesters yelling abuse at veteran news anchor Jon Snow as he made his way in.
Following the incident in Camden on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers are responding to a demonstration at a private premises on Gray’s Inn Road, Camden, where people have unlawfully gained access to the building.
“Officers are on scene engaging with building security and removing those who have gained entry.”
An ITN spokeswoman said: “The police are attending a breach of security at Gray’s Inn Road, ITN’s headquarters.
“ITN staff including those working in ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News have been advised to either stay in the building or stay away while the situation is being dealt with.
“News organisations have provided a vital source of information during the pandemic.
“The abuse of journalists because of their reporting on coronavirus is a worrying development which ITN has been closely monitoring and actively ensuring staff are aware of precautions to avoid coming to any harm.
“This action resulted in journalists being prevented from being able to go about their newsgathering activities, something that ITN strongly condemns.”
It follows an incident on August 9 when a crowd thought to be made up of anti-vaxx protesters tried to gain access to the BBC’s old headquarters in White City, west London.
The Mob of angry anti-vaxxers stormed the Television Centre complex in West London – home of ITV’s daytime programmes Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women – in protest at child vaccinations and the BBC.
Despite declaring that the protest against the BBC, the protesters seemed to forget that the corporation moved most of its operations from Television Centre in 2013, to MediaCity in Salford and BBC Broadcasting House in Central London – ITV is now the major tenant at White City.
One protester directed the mob to the Beeb’s former TVC HQ and said: “It might be going towards the BBC…it looks like we’re going to White City guys”.
They then shouted “shame on you, shame on you”, and one loudmouth protester gave a speech declaring the BBC was “not giving out the right information” and screaming “they are coming for our f children.”
Around one-hundred protesters took part in the attempted attack on the former BBC HQ and failed to gain entry into the open complex that has now been turned into flats and TV studios ran by StudioWorks.
Police were outnumbered and struggled to hold the mob back until extra officers were drafted in to cope with the protest.
The demonstration was organised by a group called ‘Official Voice’ and is against vaccine passports and child vaccinations.
Official Voice said the ‘media is the problem’ and said ‘the lies will end’ and urged people to attend the protest taking place today and directed anger towards BBC News.
Loose Women presenter Charlene White tweeted: “Huge thanks to Andy and the security team over at Television Centre. The protesters attempted to gain access to the building while we were live on air with @loosewomen – and we’ve only just left, because of safety.”
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “We’re aware of a group of demonstrators who, having set off from Shepherds Bush Green at around 1pm, are now gathered outside a commercial premises in Wood Lane, White City. There have been no arrests but officers are in attendance and will continue to monitor the situation.”