Eyewitness Protection responds re Townsley

Since events in Bristol on Friday night during a Jacob Rees-Mogg appearance and the SKWAWKBOX’s revelation of the identity of the white-shirted Rees-Mogg supporter who initiated physical contact with protesters, rumours have been circulating that the man, Paul Townsley, was acting as Rees-Mogg’s bodyguard.

These rumours have centred around video showing Rees-Mogg being escorted by an employee of security firm Eyewitness Protection during a public appearance in Cheltenham – and a promotional photograph in the ‘close protection’ (i.e. bodyguard) section of the company’s website that bears a strong resemblance to Townsley:

jrm epep pt similar

The SKWAWKBOX contacted Eyewitness Protection for comment. ‘Craig’, speaking for the company, insisted that he had searched the company’s records and it does not have a Paul Townsley on its books. The image on the website – also used in the company’s brochure – is, he said, a purchased stock photograph. However, a Google image search returns no hits for other iterations of the image as might be expected of a commercial stock image.

Coincidentally, the Security Industry Authority does have a Paul Townsley licensed as a security operative. However, the SKWAWKBOX was able to track that registration to a completely different Paul Townsley who runs Sussex firm named Classic Security. The licence is for standard security-guard work, not for close protection. The company was eager to put on record that it has nothing to do with the Bristol Paul Townsley.

In a further twist, there is also a Paul Townsley in the north of England who bears a slight resemblance to the Bristol man. The northern Townsley, however, runs a company that helps people with addiction and housing problems. Where his Bristol counterpart is a Rees-Mogg fan, the northern Townsley has written warmly about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the company website.

The question whether the Bristol man might have been at the Rees-Mogg event in a professional capacity is not fully settled, but the information above will hopefully be useful to those searching for more information in avoiding misunderstandings.

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  1. I looked, I saw, the resemblance is, as if, he had a twin!
    No getting away from it, he’s Moggies MINDER, hiding in the shadows, ready to pounce!
    Lest we forget, the Mogg waded in to shout them down, thinking they would go away and be silent.
    Much like his right-wing buddies who love to browbeat any decent remarks coming their way!
    I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that the rest of the Tory crew have got MINDERS to protect them from DEMOCRACY and COMMON DECENCY!
    It’s getting more and more like the FAR RIGHT NAZI PARTY, everyday.
    Once we leave the EU say goodbye to “SOVEREIGNTY”, SAY “HELLO BANANA REPUBLIC”!

  2. If he WAS working as close protection/bodyguard/whatever he’s shown such a lack of perception and judgement he’ll be lucky to find another gig at that level.
    Toffs expect protection to leave hardly a ripple in the water – not barge in like a nightclub bouncer.

  3. It’s “a purchased stock photograph” eh? Just when he didn’t need it, I think Mr Paul Townsley from Bristol has been unlucky to have a photo of his doppelgänger in circulation .

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