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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.

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Just been released, charged with inciting a crowd to commit public order? My speech apparently. In court October 22nd.

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Bail conditions not to enter tower hamlets,court on 22nd of October at Thames magistrates which is in tower hamlets http://t.co/HaJpi6s80x

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

Counter-demo planned against EDL march through East London

Activists and trade unionists are determined to stop the English Defence League (EDL) from marching through east London today.

The EDL has told its members to assemble in south east London to march through the heart of Tower Hamlets-Altab Ali Park. Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has called a counter demonstration to oppose them.

Over 400 people came to a meeting at the East London Mosque last weekend. They planned the final push for the -counter-demonstration to keep the EDL out.

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EDL loses appeal over march in east London

Leaders of the English Defence League have lost a High Court fight for the right to demonstrate in an area which they say is "subject to Sharia law".

Members of the EDL seen at a previous demonstration
Members of the EDL seen at a previous demonstration Credit: Press Association

They objected to police preventing an EDL march - planned for tomorrow - entering Tower Hamlets. Police imposed restrictions on marchers because they feared an outbreak of "serious public disorder". Today, a Judge ruled the police decision was reasonable.

EDL leaders charged in march case

Two leaders of far-right group the English Defence League have been charged with obstructing police after allegedly trying to defy a ban on marching to the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby via a major mosque.

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon and was bailed to return on September 11.

His co-leader Kevin Carroll was also charged after answering police bail and will appear in court on the same day.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East Tube station in east London on June 29.

EDL leader in court

The leader of far-right group the English Defence League has been charged with obstructing police after allegedly trying to defy a ban on marching to the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby via a major mosque.

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon and was bailed to return on September 11.

The 30-year-old, from Luton in Bedfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East tube station in east London on June 29, along with his EDL co-leader Kevin Carroll.

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