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EDL chief Lennon convicted of rally attack

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: October 02, 2011

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The leader of the English Defence League has been convicted of assault after he headbutted a man at a rally.

Stephen Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, of Luton, launched a verbal attack on a fellow member of the farright group before attacking his victim, Preston Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.

Lennon, founder of the EDL, ‘goaded’ a crowd of followers during a rally by 2,000 supporters in Blackburn on April 2.

The 28-year-old launched a tirade against a man who was accused of putting messages on the internet about police informers and ‘grasses’, before trouble broke out in the crowd among EDL members, the court heard.

Alan McKee, 33, from Gateshead, was pulled from the crowd by stewards for his own safety and taken away by police officers.

But the court heard he later confronted Lennon who then lunged or stepped forward and headbutted Mr McKee.

Lennon denied assault and claimed during his speech he had harangued another man, also called Alan, an Alan Smith, from Newcastle, who was a member of an EDL splinter group, the North East Infidels, intent on causing trouble.

Last month we revealed that members of the EDL were protesting outside HMP Bedford, where Lennon was being held, campaigning for his release.

After a day-long trial District Judge Peter Ward convicted Lennon of common assault.

Sentencing was adjourned until November 3 when police will apply for a criminal Asbo (anti-social behaviour order) to prevent Lennon attending EDL rallies.

Outside court, Lennon said: “It’s a fit-up.

They are fabricating evidence. I have had ongoing harassment. All this is about getting an ASBO that will ban me from demonstrations and protests. It is meant to be a democracy but this is a stitch-up.”

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  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  October 02 2011, 3:45PM

    Other newspapers: "Tommy Robinson, of Layham Drive, Luton..."

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  October 02 2011, 1:33PM

    No it is not a stitch up, which is more than can be said for the ex soldier that this violent racist thug nutted. Lennon has a long history of violent offences and has served time in Prison for assaulting a Police officer, well before EDL were even thought of. This bigot thinks he is allowed to get away with violent crimes by simply claiming it is because he is in EDL. One law for all and it is time this repeat offender started taking note of his own tag lines "if you do not like our laws, you are free to leave our Country. Maybe he will get locked up again and continue his pathetic hunger strike that he only lasted 24 hours on the last time, but was happy to have his puppets think he was wasting away. The amusing part is, he went on a 24 hour hunger strike in protest of some prisons using halal meat, then as soon as he got out, he went to Nandos, a chain that also use halal meat at some of their outlets. The man is a violent criminal who is spreading nothing but hatred around our Country on the scale that is producing others like Andres Breveik, the Norwegian, far right, mass murderer. Lock him up for good and let us get our Country back to normal.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  October 02 2011, 1:30PM

    This man appears to live in a parallel universe. Some examples, amongst many that have come to light: -He adopts a number of personae; Tommy Robinson/Stephen Lennon/Paul Harris amongst which he is claiming Irish heritage (I'm sure Irish eyes are not smiling over that one). -He states he believes in democracy but if he doesn't like the views of others-in this case, one of his fellow EDL members, he sees it as entirely valid to headbutt them. -He also seems to consider domestic violence against his own partner acceptable, and assaulting the police officer who tried to intervene seems, in his view, to be perfectly ok. -His fellow EDL member & co-ordinator Richard Price is a convicted paedophile- but Lennon, given his own warped judgment, still appears to feel he deserves support and states that he's a POLITICAL PRISONER. -He is peddling cheap merchandise at extortionate prices to fellow bigots misguided enough to buy it. -He is shroud-waving about Muslim extremists whilst whining about ongoing harrassment from the police, who, for some strange reason, wish to stop him promoting his particular brand of poisonous extremism. What other impossible things does this creature wish us to believe before breakfast time? Perhaps, that the poor soul is actually a political prisoner? Stop throwing tantrums, will you? Come back to the real world, Lennon. On second thoughts, stay where you are... you common criminal!