Former EDL leader jailed for 18 months

The former leader of the English Defence League Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who is also known as Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for 18 months for his part in a mortgage fraud conspiracy.

Controversial EDL founder jailed for mortgage fraud

English Defence League founder Stephen Yaxley-Lennon from Luton has been jailed for 18 months for mortgage fraud.

The 31-year-old, who has been known as Tommy Robinson, had previously admitted two counts of the offence at a hearing in November.

In an apparent comment on the sentencing at St Albans Crown Court, the controversial far-right figure took to Twitter to say "This is a complete stitch-up".

He also posted a picture of a meal of meat, mashed potatoes and chips, with the message "one last feed", and then "see u all in 18 months".

Robinson was accused of conspiring with others to obtain a mortgage by misrepresentation from the Abbey and Halifax banks.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Former EDL leader jailed for mortgage fraud conspiracy

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, the former leader of the English Defence League has been jailed for 18 months Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, the former leader of the English Defence League, has been jailed for 18 months for his part in a mortgage fraud conspiracy.

Yaxley-Lennon, who was also known as Tommy Robinson, was born and raised in Luton where the EDL started.

St Albans Crown Court heard Yaxley-Lennon had admitted two charges.

EDL members were among those who clashed with radical Islamists in Luton when they disrupted a homecoming march by the Royal Anglian Regiment in 2009.

More recently Yaxley-Lennon left the EDL claiming it could not shake off its violent reputation

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