Anti-vax protesters storm ITV and Channel 4 studios as police surround building

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Anti-vaccine protesters have stormed through the doors of ITN, where ITV News and Channel 4 News is produced.

Abuse was hurled at Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow inside the building in central London, as security clashed with the protesters.

Police officers were called to push back the dozens of people who invaded ITN's office.

A few could be seen in footage shared online, harassing Mr Snow as minders helped him into the building through a back entrance.

One man was heard shouting: "It’s a real shame you didn’t speak up for the children when you could have."

Another said: “They’re coming for our children.”

ITN bosses emailed employees to stop them from leaving the building or re-entering the building.

A spokesperson said: "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.”

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that its officers were "responding to a demonstration at a private compound on Grays Inn Road, Camden, where people have illegally gained access to the building."

"Officers are at the scene to build security and remove those who gain entry."

Earlier this month, other anti-vaxxers breached Television Centre in west London – not realising the BBC had mainly moved out nearly 10 years ago.

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