Conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn has been arrested over 'malicious' leaflets comparing the UK's vaccine rollout to the Holocaust given out in south east London.

Met Police said they arrested a 73-year-old man on Wednesday, February 3, on suspicion of malicious communications and public nuisance after the leaflets were posted through letter boxes in Southwark.

The flyers shown the gates of the Nazi death camp along with an Evening Standard headline stating 'Vaccines are safe path to freedom.'

Among a number of false claims, it said “some vaccines contain nanochips which can electronically track recipients”.

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Piers Corbyn, brother of the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Alexander Heaten, who was charged with breaking Covid restrictions during protests in May, are credited with the idea for the leaflet and the artwork respectively.

Another man, 37, was arrested in Bow, east London, on the same day on suspicion of a public order offence.

The Met Police statement read: "Officers investigating reports of malicious material in the form of a leaflet being circulated in south London in late January have made two arrests.

"- A 73-year-old man was arrested in Southwark on Wednesday, 3 February on suspicion of malicious communications and public nuisance.

"- A 37-year-old man was arrested earlier the same day in Bow, east London, on suspicion of a public order offence.

"Both men were taken to a south London police station. They have since been bailed to return on a date in early March."

Met Police added that the leaflet contained material that appeared to compare the vaccination programme with the Holocaust.

"The Met does not identify any person who may, or may not be, subject to an investigation.

"This statement is not a confirmation of any name or profession media may attribute, or wish to attribute."

Piers Corbyn is a well known anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorist and climate change denier, and has become a familiar face at anti-lockdown protests held in London in recent months.

The 73-year-old was arrested and fined on New Year’s Day for leading a demonstration in the capital the night before.

Southwark Labour MP Neil Coyle said: "I’m glad the police are investigating this offensive material and I hope a prosecution is secured.

"It is important to prevent this offensive Holocaust imagery and appalling anti-vaccine nonsense being circulated."