An anti-lockdown protester and comrade of Jeremy Corbyn's anti-Vaxxer brother Piers has been arrested for filming and sharing footage on social media in a hospital. She claims the coronavirus pandemic is a "massive scam".
Debbie Hicks walked through Gloucester Royal Hospital on Monday saying it was "closed" and "dead" and was arrested in her bathrobe by two officers who visited her Stroud home 24 hours later.
In the eight-minute film, which is watched by 158,000 people on Facebook, she says, “We were rated Tier 3 for this? It's a shame. I saw less than 20 people. It's completely dead in an empty hospital with the wards and lights off.
“Where do all people die and where is the mutated virus? I can't see the evidence, and neither can the public see it. For that we were robbed at Christmas.
Gloucester Royal Hospital has fought back, insisting the wards are "extremely busy", accusing them of "intruding" and disturbing patients filmed in A&E. A doctor told MailOnline that she filmed an abandoned outpatient area on a Monday holiday, which is why it was empty.
While local Tory MP Siobham Baillie said, "It is appalling that our Gloucestershire Hospital Trust had to spend its precious time during this difficult pandemic defending itself against films on social media that falsely claimed the hospital was empty."
Debbie Hicks was filmed Monday at the Royal Hospital in Gloucester (left) and said it was "shut down" and "dead". She was arrested by two officers who visited her home in Stroud 24 hours later in an incident filmed by her husband (right).
Ms. Hicks is a former Labor Council candidate and a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers (pictured together this year) who is campaigning against the lockdown
In the video, which was widely shared on social media, the activist says, "Where do all people die and where is the mutated virus?"
Gloucestershire recorded 1,286 positive cases last week – below the national average – with NHS chiefs claiming there were more than 200 Covid patients in the hospital that Ms. Hicks was filming.
The public is not allowed to film in a UK hospital or with patients without prior authorization.
Ms. Hicks traveled through A&E along the corridors, looking at various stations without a mask to tell the people who had stopped her that she was exempt from wearing.
Ms. Hicks wore a party hat instead of a mask on the subway in June
In an angry exchange, you can hear her exclaim, “You shouldn't ask me about it. It is not your business. Two stupid women ask why I am not wearing a face covering. I'm not in the mood for this cop ** t today '.
The activist was arrested on Tuesday at her home on suspicion of an administrative offense in which her husband filmed two officers trying to handcuff her to her dressing gown.
After being bailed yesterday – and banned from all NHS property unless she got sick – she said, “Wake up to the Orwellian and Nazi going through this to see a video of an empty hospital divide.
This officer stormed into my home at Christmas and arrested me when I was not dressed in front of my family. I was in my nightgown with nothing underneath when an officer's thug tried to arrest me when he aggressively arrested me and twisted my hands in handcuffs behind my back.
Ms. Hicks stood for Labor in the 2017 local elections before being suspended after she warned that the terrorist attack in Manchester was a "wonderful time for Theresa May". The terrorist attack, which killed 23 people and injured more than 800, could help win the Tories vote.
She is an active supporter of Piers Corbyn and his "Freedom Rally" movement, takes part in protests with him in London and poses for a selfie on the tube wearing a party hat as a mask.
Mr. Corbyn tweeted the video of her arrest today with the headline: "Fascism".
Gloucester Royal Hospital (pictured by Ms. Hicks in the film) insisted the wards were "extremely busy" and accused them of "intruding" and disturbing patients filmed in A&E
In November she was arrested and arrested at the Freedom Rally in Stroud. She has been charged with a coronavirus offense and is due to appear in Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on February 22nd.
Gloucestershire Police said she was arrested under Section 4A of the Public Order Act. This means that she is accused of deliberately harassing, alerting or distressing people while filming in the hospital.
A spokesman said: "Following a series of reports regarding a video filmed and posted online by a member of the public at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, officials arrested a 46-year-old woman on suspicion of a violation of public order.
"The woman was released on bail to return to the police station on January 21st, on condition that she would not be allowed to enter any NHS premises or those premises unless it was an emergency or a prearranged one NHS appointment. "
The hospital has said they are busy despite the footage.
A spokesman said: “Our hospitals are and will remain very busy, and colleagues in our two hospitals have worked hard throughout the Christmas season to care for our patients
"Contrary to what you may have seen" secret filming "on Facebook, our hospitals are and remain very busy.
& # 39; We currently care for more than 200 patients with COVID-19, including many who require treatment in our intensive care units and over 500 more non-COVID patients.
“Filming patients waiting in A&E without their consent is both intrusive and annoying, as maintaining patient confidentiality is key to making our hospitals a safe place to get the care you get need.
& # 39; We cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuing to follow hand-face-space guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable in our Gloucestershire community
& # 39; Our trust and our colleagues across the NHS are committed to serving you 24/7, every day of the year.
"We know that the vast majority of our local Gloucestershire community value the extraordinary dedication and expertise of our NHS and we are grateful to all of you for your continued support."
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