Protestors storm Birkenhead county court and attempt to arrest judge
Mar 7 2011 by Liam Murphy
CHAOTIC scene broke out at Birkenhead county court today after demonstrators attempted to arrest a judge and then took over a court.
They were at court for a case brought by Wirral Council against Roger Hayes for non payment of council tax.
Mr Hayes questioned the legitimacy of the court and then attempted to arrest district judge Michael Peake.
The judge was quickly ushered out of court room one and then demonstrators took it over – one even taking the judge’s seat.
Police reinforcements arrived and an hour-long stand off occurred.
Hamilton, Market and Hinderton Streets were closed off, and police formed a cordon outside the court while hundreds of protectors gathered outside.