Sir Keir Starmer’s wife “felt intimidated” when she returned from a shopping trip with her son to find pro-Palestine protestors outside their home, a court has been told.

Yesterday (April 9), demonstrators hung a banner outside Sir Keir’s house in Kentish Town that read: “Starmer stop the killing,” surrounded by red hand prints.

Protesters then laid rows of children’s shoes in front of the door, something that has been done at a number of pro-Palestine protests to signify children killed in Gaza.

The group that carried out the protest, known as Youth Demand, describes itself as a “new youth resistance campaign fighting for an end to genocide”.

Ham & High: This banner was hung outside Sir Keir's houseThis banner was hung outside Sir Keir's house (Image: PA)

In a video posted to X, Youth Demand called for a two-way arms embargo on Israel, saying that weapons manufactured in the UK were being “used to cause genocide”.

Three people denied public order offences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (April 10).

Leonorah Ward, 21, of Beechwood Mount in Leeds, Zosia Lewis, 23, of Rokeby Terrace in Newcastle upon Tyne and Daniel Formentin, 24, of Woodside Avenue in Leeds had been charged under Section 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

This power is designed to “stop the harassment of a person at their home address”. The trio had also been charged with breaching court bail.

Prosecutor David Burns told the court the incident had “really affected” Sir Keir’s wife, Victoria, who had “returned from a shopping trip with her son”.

The protest meant she could not return to her home because she “felt intimidated”, Mr Burns said.

Ward and Formentin were dressed all in grey during the hearing on Wednesday, while Lewis appeared wearing a Youth Demand T-shirt.

District Judge Stephen Leake set a trial date of June 19 at the same court.

All three were granted conditional bail, ordering them not participate in any further protests, or to leave the county in which they live.

Reporting by PA.