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Two English Defence League leaders arrested as they attempted to visit the spot where Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered have been released on bail.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson and his co-leader Kevin Carroll were detained by police on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East station in east London yesterday as they attempted to stage what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks via the East London Mosque.
They were bailed last night to return to a police station in August together with another two men who were arrested on suspicion of assault.
Two English Defence League leaders were arrested today after attempting to visit the spot where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll were detained on suspicion of obstructing police as they made their way to Woolwich.
The Metropolitan Police had already banned the march, as Ria Chatterjee reports:
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault during an English Defence League march to Woolwich, in what they claimed to be a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed last month.
The men are reportedly not from the group.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said:
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and his co-leader Kevin Carroll were detained by police on suspicion of obstructing officers in east London as they attempted to stage what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks via the East London Mosque.
Scotland Yard yesterday said it was imposing conditions due to fears that both the march and gathering would "result in serious public disorder and serious disruption to the life of the community" and a breach of the conditions would be a criminal offence.
The police force issued two notices under the Public Disorder Act based on "current community tensions", offering alternative routes that avoided Tower Hamlets, home to the East London Mosque.
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and co-leader Kevin Carroll were arrested today by police after they were warned they were "liable to arrest" if they continued further towards a mosque.
Police told the two men who were marching today reportedly to pay tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby: "We are looking to keep you both north of the river, whilst avoiding this road and avoiding the East London Mosque and the issues that are going to cause that.
"If you go down any further, you will be arrested."