Anti-vax protesters storm ITN building and harass Jon Snow

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Watch: Protesters yell abuse at Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow

A group of anti-vaccine protesters have stormed the ITN building in London before harassing veteran Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow. 

More than 100 demonstrators occupied the front of the building on Grays Inn Road on Monday afternoon.

Police officers at the scene blocked the protesters from getting further into the building in an effort to protect journalists and staff.

More than 20 police officers have cordoned off the entrances to the building.

Dozens of protesters entered the ITN building in London. (Carl Nasman/Twitter)
Dozens of protesters entered the ITN building in London. (Carl Nasman/Twitter)

A video circulated on Twitter showed protesters yelling abuse at veteran Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow as he tried to make his way inside.

Multiple police vehicles are on standby and helping to stop the protesters disrupting the traffic.

Independent Television News is the company that produces ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News.

Picture taken with permission from the twitter feed of @atapushmaybe of anti-vaccine protesters at the offices of ITN on Grays Inn Road, London. Picture date: Monday August 23, 2021.
Anti-vaccine protesters at the offices of ITN on Grays Inn Road, London. (PA)

The Metropolitan Police said: “Officers are responding to a demonstration at a private premises on Grays Inn Road where people have unlawfully gained access to the building. 

“Officers are on scene engaging with building security and removing those who have gained entry.”

Earlier this month, anti-vaccination protesters stormed what they thought was a major BBC building.

Watch: Anti-vax protesters storm ITN building in London

They were apparently unaware that the BBC had largely moved out of the premises at Television Centre in west London almost a decade ago.

The site is mainly used by ITV to shoot shows such as Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Loose Women.

Picture taken with permission from the twitter feed of @atapushmaybe of anti-vaccine protesters at the offices of ITN on Grays Inn Road, London. Picture date: Monday August 23, 2021.
A group of anti-vaccine protesters stormed the offices of ITN in London. (PA)

The BBC largely left the building in 2013 and the vast majority of its staff and its news operation are at Broadcasting House in Portland Place, central London.

In June, BBC Newsnight political editor Nick Watt was chased by anti-lockdown protesters outside Downing Street. A man was later charged over the incident.

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