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Protests pass peacefully in Peterborough

Two protests in Peterborough passed off peacefully today without major disruption to the city. The English Defence League (EDL) demonstrated while Peterborough Trades Union Council held a counter protest.

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. Cambridgeshire police was supported by colleagues from 11 forces across the country and the operation involve specialist public order officers, dog units, horses and a helicopter.

Road closures for EDL march in Peterborough

EDL march in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The route taken by an English Defence League protest in Peterborough has been agreed by police.

There will also be a counter demonstration by the Peterborough Trades Union Council.

The protests will be held on March 29.

The EDL march will start at 2pm in London Road and proceed over Town Bridge, past Bridge Street Police Station and then congregate on Lower Bridge Street at Peterborough Magistrates' Court.

Temporary road closures will be applied for on London Road and Town Bridge.

The PTUC march will start about 12.30pm at Bishops Road car park and proceed along Rivergate, and congregate at the Key Theatre car park.

Temporary road closures will be applied for on Rivergate, Bishops Road and some immediate surrounding streets while the protest takes place.


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

EDL leader released on bail

The Luton based leader of the English Defence League, who was arrested as he attempted to visit the spot where Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered, has been released on bail.

Tommy Robinson and his co-leader Kevin Carroll were detained by police on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East station in London yesterday. They had attempted to stage what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks via the East London Mosque.

Two other men were arrested on suspicion of assault.


EDL leader jailed over passport

The leader of the English Defence League - which is based in Luton - has been jailed for 10 months after admitting using someone else's passport to travel to the United States.

Stephen Lennon, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of a false identity document with improper intention at Southwark Crown Court in London. The court heard that Lennon, who had previously been refused entry to the US, used his friend's passport to travel to the country in September.

Lennon used a passport in the name of Andrew McMaster to board a flight from Heathrow to New York, but was caught out after his fingerprints were taken by customs officials.

Stephen Lennon Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/

He left the airport, entering the US illegally, and stayed one night, travelling back to the UK the following day using his own legitimate passport - which bears the name Paul Harris.

The court heard that is the name that appears on the EDL leader's passport, although he uses aliases.

Sentencing the 30-year-old, Judge Alistair McCreath, told him:

"I am going to sentence you under the name of Stephen Lennon although I suspect that is not actually your true name, in the sense that it is not the name that appears on your passport.

You knew perfectly well that you were not welcome in the United States. You tried before and you had not got in, and you knew the reason for that - because, rightly or wrongly, the US authorities do not welcome people in their country who have convictions of the kind that you have.

I am told that, by whatever means, you slipped away from the US authorities, got into the country and then very rapidly - and understandably so - got out of it."

He said Lennon had used his own passport to get out of the US, adding: "You did so, I am quite sure, in order to avoid the consequences that would have fallen upon you had you been caught by the authorities in America."

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