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'Insufficient evidence' to charge former EDL leaders

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, today. Credit: PA

Two former English Defence League leaders will not have to answer a charge of obstructing police after prosecutors deemed there was "insufficient evidence" against them.

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, and his second cousin Kevin Carroll were accused of trying to defy a ban on marching to the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby via a major mosque.

The pair each denied a charge of obstructing police outside Aldgate East Tube station in east London on June 29.

When Yaxley-Lennon arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court to stand trail this morning, he discovered that the case had been discontinued.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was "insufficient evidence" to bring the case.

Robinson left EDL because of 'extremist vultures'

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has claimed he quit the organisation because "extremists and racists" who he had "battled" to keep out of the group returned as soon as he was absent.

"The first demonstration I couldn't attend, which was back in February...and they were welcomed back," Mr Robinson told Daybreak.

He blamed regional organisers for allowing radical elements briefly back into the EDL.

Mr Robinson warned these were "more organised" fringe groups who, after expulsion from the EDL, joined together and "wait like vultures on the wings".

Robinson 'won't be public face for fascists'

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson has said he left the group to avoid having to represent the proportion of extremist supporters it contains.

Speaking in a press conference about the far-right fascist members of the EDL, Robinson said "Am I willing to be the public face for them? No I'm not."

Tommy Robinson maintains that he does not hate Muslims. Credit: PA

Asked whether he'd been forced out of the group because he'd failed to control its supporters, he said "if you look at the reaction from the English Defence League today they're devastated".

But Robinson insisted he would continue the debate about "Islamist ideologies", saying "the more you suppress a voice, the more extreme it will become."

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