EDL leader arrested after march

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was among 14 people arrested yesterday after the far-right group's march across Tower Bridge. The group already lost a High Court battle over where they were allowed to demonstrate.

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EDL leader Tommy Robinson charged with public order offences

The Met have confirmed that the leader of the English Defence League has been charged with public order offences after a rally yesterday.

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, tweeted about his charges earlier in the day.

Over 160 people were arrested for a variety of offences after the far-right group's march through central London yesterday.

Most of the arrests were for breaching the conditions police had set down for where the rally could take place, and included people from rival anti-racist and anti-fascist groups who were prohibited from coming in to contact with the EDL's route.

EDL leader arrested at march

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has been arrested after the far-right group's rally yesterday in East London.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested last night Credit: PA Wire

He was among 14 people taken into custody for public order offences - some of those from anti-racist and anti-fascist groups who were protesting against the march.

A further 150 people were arrested for breaching conditions police had set in place about where the rally was allowed to take place.

The EDL had wanted to hold the rally in Tower Hamlets, which it says is "subject to Sharia law". But the Met Police only allowed the rally to go as far as the outskirts of the borough near Tower Bridge, over fears of serious public disorder.

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300 protesters turn up to EDL march

Police dogs at the start of the march

Around 300 protesters have joined an English Defence League march around Tower Bridge.

One to two thousand people were estimated to attend.

The Metropolitan Police has an extra 3000 officers on duty.

The EDL decided to hold a march today despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

Leaders had wanted to rally in an area in Tower Hamlets which they say is "subject to Sharia law".

However, a judge yesterday ruled that a police decision to impose restrictions over fears of "serious public disorder" was reasonable and proportionate.

The protest started at Queen Elizabeth Street.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson has addressed the crowd. .

Protesters at the beginning of the march. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

EDL protesters gather for march

Protesters at Queen Elizabeth Street just before midday. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

There are currently more police officers than protesters at a planned English Defence League march by Tower Bridge.

The EDL decided to hold a march today despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

Leaders had wanted to rally in an area in Tower Hamlets which they say is "subject to Sharia law", but Judge Mr Justice King yesterday ruled that a police decision to impose restrictions over fears of "serious public disorder" was reasonable and proportionate.

Police and protesters on Queen Elizabeth Street. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

Police said the route of the march - which takes place between midday and 3pm - starts at Queen Elizabeth Street.

It will apparently follow Tower Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Approach, The Minories and then into Aldgate High Street.

Police officers at the start of the march this morning. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

Organisers have been told they must not to go beyond the junction with Mansell Street.

Scotland Yard said senior officers had decided to stop the march a third of a mile short of its intended destination in the hope of preventing "serious" disorder.

It had been estimated between 1,000 and 2,000 people would take part in the EDL march and "several thousand" in counter demonstrations by groups including Unite Against Fascism.

Police officers prepare for the march this morning. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips
Police officers wait for the march to begin. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips
Police vans at the the start of the march. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips
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