Officials are braced for more protests by fans of Tommy Robinson after he was jailed for nine months for contempt of court. The former leader of the English Defence League has told his supporters to demonstrate outside ‘whatever prison’ he is sent to. After two judges jailed him on Thursday, 200 protesters took to the streets of London to riot, shouting ‘we want Tommy out.’
They set fire to European Union flags, hurled bottles and smoke bombs at police officers in riot gear, who then retaliated by raising batons. BBC journalists filming around Parliament Square were also verbally abused, physically intimidated and had their equipment attacked before police arrived. City of London Police said four people were arrested – woman, 28, and two men, 60 and 50, arrested for affray and another woman, 61, arrested for a public order offence.
A protester is detained by police after scuffles broke out after Robinson’s sentencing Smoke bombs were hurled at police Tommy Robinson’s supporters gathered outside the Old Bailey before he was sentenced to nine months in jail (Picture: Reuters) Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed after he filmed defendants outside Leeds Crown Court during a trial into the sexual exploitation of girls. It breached a reporting restriction and put in jeopardy other child grooming trials.
The videos were seen 3.4 million times but there was a ban publicising any details because there were other ongoing trials that involved a total of 29 people. As he was jailed, the judge said Robinson’s previous 11 convictions for violent crime, public order offences and fraud were an aggravating factor. He looked up at the public gallery and winked as he was led away to the cells carrying a holdall. Robinson, 36, is now believed to have been transferred to maximum security prison Belmarsh, which currently houses Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and a number of people convicted of terror offences.
People protest outside the Old Bailey after British far-right activist and former leader and founder of English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sentenced to nine months in prison for contempt of court
Wouldn’t it be funny if Julian’s fans met Tommy’s fans outside Belmarsh prison??