A SELF-PROCLAIMED council tax rebel was jailed for non-payment of his bill after being arrested by police.
Roger Hayes was last year at the centre of a near-riot at Birkenhead County Courts after appearing facing demands for council tax.
The case was later moved to Liverpool Crown Court where Hayes, who is the chairman of the anti-establishment British Constitution Group, was subsequently declared bankrupt.
However Wirral Council claimed it was stillunable to recover the taxes it said it was owed.
Hayes was due to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court last week, but failed to attend.
A warrant was then issued for his arrest and police arrived at his home in Holland Road, Wallasey, on Saturday morning and took him to the court.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police confirmed their officers arrested businessman Hayes and transported him to Wirral Magistrates Court.
At the same court on Monday July 2 he was committed to prison for 21 days for arrears and costs of £1,477.14 and “wilful refusal” to pay.
The hearing in March last year had ended in chaotic scenes with dozens of people storming the Birkenhead courtroom.
Hayes had demanded District Judge Michael Peake take an “oath of office” before urging his supports to make a citizen’s arrest “under the Magna Carta”.
Footage captured by Hayes’ supporters showed how several people then burst forward towards the bench, forcing District Judge Peake to be removed for his own safety.
The court building was also closed while hundreds of people gathered on the streets outside. Six people were arrested.
Hayes, of New Brighton, had refused to pay the debt because he claims the way the council tax is being applied is unlawful.
The 61-year-old had set up his group three years ago to challenge governing bodies.