Right-wing British political activist and actor Laurence Fox was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of “conspiracy to commit criminal damage” against cameras used to enforce a controversial anti-environmental program in London, authorities said.
The arrest came after Fox – who was suspended from conservative broadcaster GB News last week after making sexist comments about a journalist – appeared in an interview broadcast on Rumble on Tuesday in which he expressed his support for a group of saboteurs Expressed that have begun with vandalism and destruction Shutdown of Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) cameras. “I encourage them to tear down every single camera there is, and I will join them,” Fox said in the interview.
Speech on Maajid Nawaz’s show Warrior CreedFox continued, saying he was “pretty close to several and I’ll be out there with my angle grinder,” along with members of the saboteur group calling themselves the Blade Runners.
“Are you interested in testing the law on this in case some people are arrested?” Nawaz asked.
“I would like to be arrested myself,” Fox replied. “If I go out and take off their cameras – which I will do – I won’t… I’ll take my phone with me so they know exactly where I am.”
On Wednesday, the right-wing British Reclaim Party, founded by Fox, released a video of police officers at Fox’s home.
“Look how many copper coins there are in my house,” Fox says in the footage, sitting with a lit cigar in hand. “I came to steal everything and take everything from my house. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the country we live in.”
“On Wednesday, October 4, officers arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of conspiring to damage ULEZ cameras and encouraging or aiding this [offenses] committed,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
It added that Fox had been taken to a police station in south London “where he remains in custody”.