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James Goddard given suspended sentence

James Goddard, 30, was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment, suspended for a year and also handed a five-year restraining order. Credit: PA

A man from Altrincham has been banned from going near Parliament for five years after hurling abuse at former Conservative MP Anna Soubry.

Pro-Brexit campaigner, James Goddard, 30, pleaded guilty to one charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress.

He was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment, suspended for a year and also handed a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Soubry.

He was told he cannot enter an area including Parliament Square, College Green, the Palace of Westminster, Portcullis House and Downing Street, and was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Goddard was ordered to pay Ms Soubry £200 in compensation, £215 in other court costs, as well as another £200 compensation to a Lithuanian police officer after admitting a separate racially aggravated public order offence towards him.

The district judge, Emma Arbuthnot, said Ms Soubry had shown "great courage" but was "vulnerable" because of the circumstances.

In a victim impact statement, read in court on Friday, Ms Soubry said she was "really intimidated" and "very shaken by what happened".

Goddard, whose previous court appearances have seen outbursts from the dock and the public gallery, has six previous convictions for seven offences, including a racially aggravated harassment conviction in 2011.