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Tommy Robinson loses harassment case after police made him to leave pub

Mirror logo Mirror 15/03/2019 Freddie Lynne & Libby McBride
a man holding a phone up to his mouth: Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley Lennon, outside Peterborough County Court in Cambridgeshire, where a judgment is expected in his civil court case against Cambridgeshire Police. The founder of the English Defence League claims Cambridgeshire Police harassed him during an incident in Cambridge in August 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 15, 2019. See PA story COURTS Robinson. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire © PA Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley Lennon, outside Peterborough County Court in Cambridgeshire, where a judgment is expected in his civil court case against Cambridgeshire Police. The founder of the English Defence League claims Cambridgeshire Police harassed him during an incident in Cambridge in August 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 15, 2019. See PA story COURTS Robinson. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Cambridgeshire Constabulary didn't harass Tommy Robinson when officers asked him to leave a pub, a county court judge has ruled.

The former EDL leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, took the force to court after he was told to leave a pub following a family trip to see Luton Town play Cambridge United.

The 36-year-old was at the pub with his children in August 2016 when a dispersal order was used.

He told Peterborough County Court he felt he was "targeted by police because of my beliefs", but an officer on duty that day said Mr Yaxley-Lennon was among a group of Luton fans in the pub who were identified by police as "risk" supporters.

But judge HHJ Walden-Smith today ruled: “I cannot accept that the complaint made by Mr Lennon, which what happened on the 27th of August, satsifies that it was on two occasions. This was one event. It started upstairs of the pub and continued outside to the end of Regent Terrace.

Tommy Robinson wearing a suit and tie: Tommy Robinson was not harassed by the police force © PA Tommy Robinson was not harassed by the police force

“The police were ensuring he had left the premises and was on his way to the railway station. This is not an issue if this was two actions but a statutory test and on any normal reading plainly there are not two separate occasions.”

She continues: “This claim for harassment in my judgement must fail.”

Cambridgeshire Live  reported that Mr Yaxley-Lennon said in evidence: "I feel I was approached and targeted by police because of my beliefs.

"I felt that I was just ejected from the city."

a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley Lennon, talks with the media © PA Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley Lennon, talks with the media  

He said he found the incident "humiliating and degrading" and that his children were crying as they were followed by officers to the railway station.

But Sgt Paul Street said he didn't know who Robinson was and thought he was with Luton fans who might cause trouble.

This afternoon, after a four day hearing, HHJ Walden-Smith ruled that the force did not harass him.

Tommy Robinson standing in front of a fence: Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley Lennon, outside Peterborough County Court © PA Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley Lennon, outside Peterborough County Court

She said she was satisfied that Robinson was a "risk-based supporter."

She said: "Mr Lennon’s complaint was that he had done nothing wrong and that he didn’t need to be moved on, that he was being singled out and moved on because of who he is.

“That is not in my judgement is the case. Mr Lennon is not as well known as he or his supporters might think. While Insp Johnson knew who Mr Lennon was from policing EDL marches and in the news those are separate matters to the football match.

“The concern with respect to Mr Lennon was heightened when he was in the pub alongside other risk supporters. Sgt Street in the pub was acting on information he had received from the Luton supporters acting on that his was a risk supporter with other risk supporters.

“I am satisfied that Mr Lennon was a risk-based supporter and that evidence is supported by PC Mason."

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