'Yellow Vest' Protester James Goddard Denies Assaulting Photographer

Chris York

Self-styled “yellow vest” protester James Goddard has denied assaulting a news photographer.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place in Manchester city centre on February 9, the Press Association reports.

Appearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Goddard, 29, of Timperley, Altrincham, pleaded not guilty to the common assault of Joel Goodman.

He also denied using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards Goodman.

The allegations relate to an organised demonstration in the city centre, the court heard.

Protester James Goddard leaves Manchester Magistrates' Court, where he was charged with assault and a public order offence at a protest in Manchester city centre on February 9.

District Judge John Temperley adjourned the case until June 25 for trial.

As part of his bail conditions, Goddard must not contact Goodman or attend any organised demonstration in Manchester city centre.

He is scheduled to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court later on Wednesday.