Jeremy Vine has revealed his wife has been served with a writ by anti-vaxxers over the broadcaster’s support of the Covid vaccine – and says an angry mob were waiting to ‘take the street’ if she hadn’t accepted it.
The BBC Radio 2 presenter, 56, told his 771,000 followers that a small group had arrived at his family home he shares with his wife and two daughters in London on Sunday morning to issue the legal document.
The star wasn’t at home, so his wife, journalist Rachel Schofield, was presented with the document instead.
Explaining the intrusion, he said: ‘I’m not at home at the moment, so these guys just served an “anti-vaxx writ” on my wife instead.’
Targeted: The BBC Radio 2 presenter, 56, told his 771,000 followers a group of anti-vaxxers turned up at his family home in West London on Sunday morning
A smartly dressed man is seen explaining to camera that the mission to issue the writ went ‘better than expected’
He continued: ‘They are angry at the BBC’s #CovidVaccine reporting. They were polite, for which I’m grateful, but coming to my home on a Sunday? And I’m a little unnerved by the heavy breathing too.’
He later followed up with another tweet, showing footage of a group of anti-vaxxers gathered near the street where he lives, saying: ‘If my wife hadn’t accepted the “anti-vaxx writ” on my behalf, this group waiting near my house would then have “taken the whole street.”
‘The original video shows street name and house number really clearly. Always happy to engage but not like this.’
In the first piece of footage, a smartly dressed man is seen explaining to camera that the mission to issue the writ went well.
He looks the camera and says in broken English: ‘That went better than expected o we don’t need to make a huge point.’
A voice is heard behind the camera saying: ‘Fantastic, job done, guys, job done.’
He adds that the group ‘don’t need to bring out the yellow boards’ but ‘it’s always good to make a statement’ and says he’ll keep viewers posted on ‘how this unfolds’.
Vine told his followers: ‘They are angry at the BBC’s #CovidVaccine reporting. They were polite, for which I’m grateful, but coming to my home on a Sunday?’
Last week, the broadcaster began a High Court defamation case against an ex-local radio presenter who he says harassed him on YouTube and Twitter.
is suing 41-year-old Alex Belfield, saying he defamed and harassed him on the social media platforms between May and August 2020.
Mr Belfield, who operates a YouTube channel, is disputing claims made against him.
Jeremy Vine (pictured leaving the Royal Courts of Justice today), 56, is suing Alex Belfield, saying he defamed and harassed him on YouTube and Twitter between May and August 2020
The judge heard that Alex Belfield (pictured in July this year), 41, was a former local radio presenter who operated a YouTube channel called Alex Belfield – The Voice Of Reason
A judge oversaw a preliminary hearing at the High Court in London on Tuesday.
Mr Justice Nicklin considered legal issues and made no rulings on any issues.
Mr Vine attended the hearing and was seen leaving the Royal Courts of Justice shortly afterwards.
The judge heard that Mr Belfield was a former local radio presenter who operated a YouTube channel called Alex Belfield – The Voice Of Reason.