'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.