Covid: Anti-vaccine protesters try to storm medicines regulator headquarters

A group of anti-vaccine protesters trying to storm the headquarters of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in central London. Issue date: Friday September 3, 2021.
A group of anti-vaccine protesters trying to storm the headquarters of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in central London. Issue date: Friday September 3, 2021.
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Charlie Bayliss

By Charlie Bayliss


Published: 03/09/2021

- 15:10

Updated: 03/09/2021

- 16:02

Footage shows a group of demonstrators being held back by police as they tried to force their way into the building in Canary Wharf

At least four police officers have been injured after anti-vaccine protesters tried to storm the headquarters of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Footage shows a group of demonstrators being held back by police as they tried to force their way into the building on Cabot Square in Canary Wharf, east London, on Friday afternoon.


Crowds were later seen leaving the area towards the Underground station.

The MHRA is the Government body responsible for approving the coronavirus vaccines.

Picture taken with permission from the twitter feed of @Andrewwood17 of a group of anti-vaccine protesters trying to storm the headquarters of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in central London. Issue date: Friday September 3, 2021.
Picture taken with permission from the twitter feed of @Andrewwood17 of a group of anti-vaccine protesters trying to storm the headquarters of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in central London. Issue date: Friday September 3, 2021.
@Andrewwood17/Twitter

The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “We have officers attending a demonstration outside a commercial building on Cabot Square in Canary Wharf.

“A number of officers are on scene, guarding the entrance to the building.

“Officers also continue to attend a demonstration by a separate group in Canary Wharf along Bank Street. Arrests have been made and units remain on scene.”

In a later tweet, police added: “A number of protesters have become violent towards police. Four of our officers have been injured during clashes. This is unacceptable. We remain on scene. Updates to follow.”

The protest comes after journalists working for ITN were trapped in their offices when a group of anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters forced their way into the broadcaster’s London headquarters on August 23.

That followed an incident on August 9 when a crowd thought to be made up of anti-vaccine protesters tried to gain access to the BBC’s old headquarters in White City, west London.

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