These are the scenes in Birkenhead County Court yesterday when Freemen attempted the arrest of the judge for contempt of court and treason.
Roger Hayes, leader of the British Constitution Group, has been charged by Wirral Council with non-payment of Council Tax.
His stand has won support from all over the country and demonstrators travelled miles to protest outside the court building.
As the case got under way yesterday, Mr Hayes repeatedly demanded district judge Michael Peake say if he was "on oath of office".
In response Judge Peake insisted it was a "properly constituted court", and said if Mr Hayes had a complaint, he could take up later.
But Mr Hayes persisted and when he did not get an answer he was satisfied with, said: "Sir, I am obliged to arrest you for contempt of court and treason."
Two supporters of Mr Hayes then attempted to arrest the judge but were stopped by police. More demonstrators then burst into Court One of Birkenhead county court.
The judge was quickly ushered out of the court by officials, saying as he left "this case is adjourned, I’m afraid" as more people pressed in, many filming with mobile phones. One demonstrator even took the judge’s seat, while police officers called for reinforcements.
One man was handcuffed which inflamed the protesters as dozens more pressed into the court room and shouts of "take the handcuffs off" resounded around the room.
Police attempted to take the handcuffed man outside but were blocked by people who demanded he be released – and an hour-long stand-off then followed as more police arrived.
More scenes: Outside; Inside
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