Charity rejects EDL donations

Help for Heroes has said it will not accept donations from the English Defence League, or any other political party. 1000 EDL supporters marched to Downing Street yesterday, apparently in tribute to murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

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Help for Heroes reject EDL donations

EDL leader Tommy Robinson (right) at the weekend Credit: Jonathan Pow/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Forces charity Help for Heroes announced it will not accept anydonations raised by the EDL leader.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson - who told demonstrators on a march yesterday "This is a day of respect for our Armed Forces. They've had their Arab Spring. This is time for the English Spring" - started fundraising following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

But a spokesman for Help for Heroes said the Just Giving page set up by him would be closed down and all donations would be refunded.

The charity will check for any further donations from EDL members andsaid it would not accept any donations from the group, or any other politicalparty.

A Help for Heroes spokesman said yesterday: "He's the only one that's come to our attention but tonight we'll be doing a cross-count to make sure that anyone else that's saying they're EDL will not be allowed to fundraise for us.

It's the same for any political party, we don't allow political fundraising. As a charity, we're non-political."


Anti fascists attack EDL protestors

A group of around 100 anti-fascists mobbed five or six men who were arriving late to the protest draped in Union Jacks and wearing England football shirts.

Police filmed the anti-EDL protesters as they chanted "fascist scum off our streets" and "follow your leader, kill yourself like Adolf Hitler" before escorting the EDL supporters around Parliament Square.

As the two groups arrived towards Westminster Tube station, the anti-fascists began to run towards the men, forcing the police to set up a cordon to protect them


EDL supporters push through police cordon

The EDL demonstrators pushed their way through a police cordon as they made their way to Trafalgar Square.

They chanted "Muslim killers off our streets" and "There's only one Lee Rigby" in tribute to the soldier killed in Woolwich, south-east London last Wednesday.

The protesters held placards that read "Blood on your hands" and "GB RIP".They are expected to demonstrate outside Downing Street later.

The demonstrators marched through Admiralty Arch and onto Parliament Square.

They were escorted by Metropolitan Police officers and vans, while a force helicopter followed overhead.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said Whitehall was closed to traffic because of "a number of demonstrations".

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