The leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley Lennon has been released from prison on bail awaiting his forthcoming crown court trials.
Details have emerged of his spell in HMP Bedford. Becuase of his devisive character he was kept in solitary confinement in the basement of the prison and was not allowed contact with other prisoners.
Despite days of Facebook posts by EDL admin claiming he was refusing food and was on hunger strike, it turns out he lasted little more than 24 hours before getting hungry and giving up.
A Luton Today source said : “There was a big concern because he is so high profile, so they kept him away from the other prisoners. He was classed as a vulnerable inmate.
“It is a diverse prison and they were worried what might happen. There are also a lot of people from Luton in there as it’s the nearest prison and there were concerns there might be a riot.”
In a strange turn on events, upon his release Tommy headed stright to Nandos which is fair enough after you have spent a week minus twenty four hours eating prison grub. Nandos serves exclusively Halal chicken.
Lennon is facing charges of assaulting a man at an EDL protest in Blackburn in April. He has also claimed that he he intends to continue breaking his bail conditions.
We published an article yesterday casting doubt on the claims that two EDL members were stabbed outside the Tyburn Pub in Marble Arch, London.
This followed their disgraceful and disrespectful behaviour when they met up with Muslims Against Crusades and started shouting and brawling in the street during and after the 9/11 memorial for the British victims of the terrorist attacks.
Despite extensive enquiries to the Met Police and local hospitals no one could verify it so we assumed that it was a story along the lines of the coach insurance fraud and the faked attack on leader Kevin Carroll.
The Met Police have now confirmed the incident here:
We now accept these stabbings did happen and anyone with any information should contact Westminster Serious Violence Team on 0207 321 9314, or Crimestoppers anonymously.
We do however stand by the original report published here
The far right English Defence League's long running problems in London continued today after they turned up in football shirts and swilling beer at a 9/11 memorial ceremony outside the American embassy intent on a drink fuelled fight with fellow extremists, Muslims against Crusades (MAC).
Whilst families of British 9/11 victims prepared for a remembrance ceremony in the September 11 memorial garden, around 50 EDL members turned up early, sang their 'Eleven Muslim bombers, flying in the air' taunts and occupied the area where MAC were suppose to demonstrate.
During the ceremony, chants of 'E-E-EDL' disrupted proceedings and among the mourners, they were met with as equal distaste as MAC.
A smaller group of Muslims turned up to protest against both groups of extremists and carried banners reading "Muslims Against Extremism" and "If You Want Sharia, Move To Saudi".
The EDL members had a sit down protest and surrendered when police issued them with a Section 14 and threatened them with arrest. Four EDL members were arrested for a variety of public order offences at the memorial service.
MAC are a small fringe group of radical muslims. They are largely ignored by the Muslim community and the British public in general but they specialise in goading English Defence League members with their rhetoric. Without the English Defence League, MAC would not exist, and both extremist groups feed from each other's extremism.
After the demonstration English Defence League members headed to the West End where a further 20 members were arrested for brawling with MAC members.
The group ended up brawling outside the Tyburn Pub in Marble Arch where chairs and windows were smashed and two EDL members, Mickey Bayliss and and Tony Hyam aka Tony Bexley were stabbed by local youths after an altercation.
Bayley is a admin for the EDL's south west divison and Hyam is a Enoch Powell supporting racist who was involved in an incident where EDL members attacked the police in Eltham during the London riots.
The London Evening Standard reported that an eyewitness claimed "There was a group of EDL guys drinking outside the pub when a large group of Muslims walked past. The EDL started hurling racist abuse at the Muslims who took offence. They got angry and... were yelling back."
"Then the EDL guys picked up pub furniture and started throwing glasses and chairs and tables at the group in the street*
The EDL's Facebook wall reported the stabbings at around 7pm which resulted in a barrage of racists posts and threats of violent retribution. It is not known who were behind the stabbings or their religion at this point.
A further update on the member's condition later appeared where it was claimed that one of the injured members was 5mm from a knife hitting his spinal column yet their story's credibility dissolved when they went on to claim the hospital had discharged him and he was on train on his way home.
Latest news on the injured lads , one is now waiting for train. Has wound near his spine. 5mm either way and he would be in trouble. Also has a broken wrist. Police taken his clothes and he's got the white suit. So he's ok. The other lad is a bit more serious with a stay in overnight with possible operation. Thats as much as I know now. Goodnight everyone"
In another gusture of massive self importance the EDL released a statement on behalf of the British people to the American people. We are currently unaware who gave the far right extremist organistaion the authority to speak on behalf of decent British people.
An Apology to our American friends on behalf of The British Government & Met Police Hierarchy.
We are so sorry for todays events and would like to say sorry on behalf of the British Public. Our efforts to try and stop MAC today, has resulted in two good lads being stabbed, running battles on Oxford Street, Hyde Park - Speakers Corner, Edgeware Rd and all around your Embassy. It is our everlasting shame that our Government is too weak to make a stand against Radical Islam.
EDL members are now calling for a demonstration outside the BBC because the broadcaster didn't deem the alledged stabbing of a pair of their thugs who disrupted the memorial service more newsworthy than the live coverage of the memorial events around the world.
The EDL released the following incoherant version of events where they had to emphasize several times they were not drunk.
This latest outbreaks of violence come a week after 42 members of the EDL were arrested after their coach strayed into Tower Hamlets and they were chased out by locals before being rounded up by police.
EDL News Opinion
Whilst the rest of the world was remembering the victims of the tragic events in America ten years ago, two groups of extremists were intent on disrupting it. Whilst MAC have every right to say what they say under our freedom of speech laws, their message was abhorant. What was equally as abhorant was the English Defence League members turing up intent on violence (their Facebook page was full of violent intent days in the days leading up to the event).
With over 20 arrests and running street battles, the EDL lost any moral high grounf they could he claimed by staying their distance. Both groups have stated that they plan to repeat this act of disrespect on Armistice Day in November. We would rather they both dissapeared from this country permanantly.
These views are echoed by the lone voice of reason the the EDL Wall today
Bill English - My wife lost relatives in NY 10 years ago, her & my take on yesterday was that the EDL should have just stayed away altogether and let the media just have choudry's mongs to focus on. As we were part of the memorial in the square yesterday, I can tell you all that the chants of EDL were met with as much resentment by those grieving lost friends & relatives, as the drone created by those beardy cunts. Those at the top of edl need to stop thinking with the heart & start thinking with the head.
It has long been suspected that the English Defence League have been in bed with white supremacists Redwatch.
Redwatch is an organisation set up by the far right British People's party in an attempt to track down the home addresses and work places of people who protest against them both on the street and the political stage. They also have a website where they publish covert photos of their intended victims and their members are encouraged to harass them and inflict violence on them.
The website's slogan is "Remember places, traitors' faces, they'll all pay for their crimes", a quote from neo-Nazi musician Ian Stuart Donaldson.
It typically targets activists in political parties, advocacy groups, trade unions and the media and are mainly composed of Combat 18, National Front , the BNP and fringe neo Nazi groups such as Blood and Honour.
According to Searchlight, a Leeds teacher who complained about a far right activist, Antony White, leafleting his school, had his details listed on Redwatch, allegedly after the jailing of White. Far right supporters then firebombed the teacher's car. According to Indymedia, an anti-racist was followed and attacked on May 16, 2006 after the recent appearance of his personal data on the Redwatch website.
The assailants reportedly shouted "We'll kill you, you leftist motherfucker!".Merseyside Trades Union Congress organiser Alec McFadden received death threats shortly after his details appeared on the website. At precisely the same time, Joe Owens, a Merseyside BNP candidate with several convictions for violent offences, began sending him emails gloating that he had photographic details of his house, car and family.
The EDL's Redwatch photographer is a shadowy individual called Regan Hamilton who has on numerous occasions made his photography available to Redwatch.
Photos have included journalists who have attended demonstrations and members of opposing groups including Unite Against Fascism. Hamilton is thought to be based in the north of England be has been seen sporting an EDL Somerset Division 'hoodie'
The English Defence League have long intimidated photographers with two being escorted away by police at the Telford demonstration for their own safety after threats of violence and two cases at the recent Tower Hamlets demonstration. The National Union of Journalist reported that an EDL member tried to set fire to one photographer with lighter fluid and a female photographer was sexually assaulted.
A number of journalist have contacted us asking for the identification of this man after they have had their photo appear on Redwatch, on each occasion Hamilton was present and taking photos of the journalists and photographers.
One of Hamilton's photographs appeared on Redwatch depicting a young lady distributing leaflets at an EDL demonstration. Hamilton appears in the foreground. This photo appeared on Redwatch's website within days along with her personal details and her work information. We have blocked this out for obvious reasons.
Hamilton was also caught out setting up a fake Facebook page for United Shaed of Britian and media officer Donna Mortimer was caught lying by trying to cover for him.
In a chilling development at this weekend's EDL 'Tower Hamlets demonstration, the EDL's Nottingham coach strayed into Tower Hamlets and got a hostile reception and their coach came under fire from locals who did not want them in the borough. Under bizarre circumstances, hardcore EDL racist Joanne Dickens fell out of the emergency door and someone kicked her from behind. Two men were videoing the incident and were laughing on the video. The EDL coach drove off leaving her behind whilst a Muslim gentlemen lead her to safety. The video went viral on YouTube.
All 44 member sof the coach poarty were subsequently arrested on a varity of public order offences. More can be read on this here with screen shots of Dicken's vile racist abuse here.
These two men have incurred the wrath of the English Defence League and vows were made by members to track them down. The following post was made on Dicken's Facebook wall this morning.
This has been passed to Plymouth based Mike Rafferty who, along with his fiance (the EDL's deputy regional co-ordinator) and two associates are currently facing charges for a violent racist attack on a Plymouth kebab house after and EDL 'meet and greet'.
Details of this morning's posts were passed to Nottinghamshire Police this morning.
Not long afterwards details of the two men appeared on Redwatch, who have tracked down their names and where they work. By the evening their details had appeared on the white nationalist/nazi website Vanguard News Network. Whilst no fans of the EDL themselves because the EDL claim to tolerate jews, someone connected to the EDL have informed them that they intend to harrass these men in their work places.
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Next we move onto EDL member Chris Payne who has completely given up any pretence that the EDL are not heavily involved in Redwatch. payne ws recently in court for spraying the proposed site of a new mosque with hate speech and putting a pigs head on a masque.
Payne is the EDL's events planner and is happy to brag about his associations with Aryan Unity's Redwatch
Following the alledged attacks on the Istanbul Kebab Takeaway, Exeter Street, Plymouth by English Defence League members during an EDL 'meet and greet', four persons as follows have been charged and released on bail to appear before Plymouth Magistrates on 7th September. bail conditions prevent Wells, Watterson, and neo-Nazi Burley attending the EDL Tower Hamlets Demonstration and Rafferty attending the combined ex-forces demonstration at Downing Street.
Kelly WATTERSON – aged 28yrs from St Peters Road in Manadon, Plymouth. 1) Racially aggravated affray 2) Racially aggravated common assault by beating
Hayley WELLS – aged 27 from Shell Close, Leigham in Plymouth. 1) Racially aggravated common assault by beating
Michael RAFFERTY – aged 33yrs from Queen Street, Devonport in Plymouth. 1) Obstruct/resist Constable in the execution of his duty
Ricky BURLEY – aged 43yrs from High Street, Stonehouse in Plymouth. 1) Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour (Contrary to Sec 5 of the Public Order Act) 2) Obstruct/resist Constable in the execution of his duty
All four of the above have Police Bail conditions as follows:
1) Not to go within 100 metres of the Istanbul Kebab Takeaway, Exeter Street, Plymouth. 2) To report to Charles Cross Police Station between 1pm and 2pm on the 28th August 2011 and the 3rd September 2011.
Wells went on to accuse the Plymouth Herald of lying despite them reporting the facts and Wells' friend Steph Adamson threatened to bomb the Herald's offices.
Further comments will not be published until after the court case
Another English Defence League child sex offender has been revealed. John Snowy Shaw of the EDL's breakaway group the North West Infidels broke the news yesterday when Micheal Coates aka Mickey Blue eyes was revealed as a habitual child sex attacker using several false surnames in an effort to keep his identity concealed from his new partner.
On hearing Coates was in prison, Shaw made enquiries in order to offer support only to find out his true identity and issued the following statement.
Yesterday I discovered that Miki Blueeyes is currently in prison and due to the fact he was one of our friends I contacted people in order to get his details so we could write and visit him.
He’s currently in prison for smashing his neighbours car and setting fire to for reporting him for drugs, excessive drinking and loud music. Due to the fact he has access to his young daughter social services were brought in and they have inform her mother that he has 14 pervious charges for sexual offences and has been using 4 different surnames in order to keep this from coming out.
This is the reason he isn’t allow access to his other children and why social services have told his youngest daughters mother that they have to have no further contact with him. I suggest anyone one his friends list remove him immediately and have no further contact with this sick man.
I don’t care about the reputation of the NWI, my main concern is the children of people on his friends list and of his friends. It makes me sick to know I have had this man in my house near my young children and I’m just relieved that I never left them in his care. Myself and the NWI will have nothing more to do with this animal and I hope you all heed this warning and keep him out of your lives.
After making further enquires about Miki the fact he is a sex offender was confirmed from 2 other people that knew him (they were informed recently) and it was also discovered that he wasn't has he said a Beeston born and bred lad. I was then given the 4 surnames he has used one being his real one Michael Coates and after searching the net I found this link. http://www.chris-uk.org/michael-coates/11977. So there's no doubt about it so get this animal off your friends list and we have closed the NWI (Yorkshire) page down as he was associated with it.
Something else disgusted me yesterday was the fact that edl support group were more bothered about denying he was edl then warning people about this animal, the admin on that page should hang their heads in shame. He like the rest of us was edl first then NWI.
Coates has previously threatened to 'kidnap a paki' and douse him in petrol
This was not his first offence and this article was published on Children Have Rights website in March 2002. Coates was jailed in 2003 for acts committed five years previous after he had persuaded his victim to drop charges.
Children Have Rights is a controversial 'vigilante name and shame' anti paedophile website set up by EDL member Chris Wittwer who has recently been released from a stretch in prison for football hooliganism.
‘My living hell’ by sex attack victim
A teenager today told how she suffered a ‘living hell’ at the hands of a serial sex abuser.
The 18-year-old victim, who cannot be identified, said she suffers nightmares about her ordeal.
A teenage sex-abuse victim endured years of “inner torture” after she was persuaded to drop her allegations against her attacker, a Court heard.
Self-confessed child molester Michael Coates got sympathy for himself by falsely claiming that he too had been a victim of sexual abuse and the girl was pressured into not proceeding with her allegations against him.
It was only three years later when Coates was finally charged with a series of sex offences, including two attempted rapes, that he admitted his own sex-abuse story was a pack of lies.
Today the 23-year-old Bradford man was beginning a six-year jail sentence for the repeated abuse which he accepted had developed from “experimenting” as a ten-year-old boy into a habit.
Coates, now of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a total of eight charges of indecent assault and two of attempted rape in relation to the first girl and a further four offences of indecent assault in relation to a second.
During yesterday’s hearing at Bradford Crown Court Coates’ barrister Jonathan Rose handed Judge Roger Scott a copy of a suicide note his client had written.
In it he described himself as a child molester and offered his apologies to the two girls for what he had done.
Jailing Coates, Judge Scott told him that he regarded him as a danger to children and highlighted the fact he had told a series of dramatic lies for his own purposes.
“That poor girl must have had a very, very long period of inner torture…she attempted to kill herself as I understand it,” he said.
He said it was a further aggravating feature of the case that Coates had used bribery through sweets, money and cigarettes in exchange for sexual favours.
In addition to the jail sentence, Coates will also have to register with the police as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Prosecutor John Hitchen told the court that the first girl had suffered flashbacks and nightmares after deciding to drop the proceedings in 1998, but she eventually challenged Coates about what he had done in the autumn of last year.
Coates was arrested in October and made admissions in relation to the allegations made by the two girls.
Mr Rose conceded that Coates’ offending had turned into a habit and he was unable to stop himself until he reached the age of 19 in 1997.
He pointed out that since then Coates had not committed any further offences of a sexual nature.
“This is a very young man about to start a sentence for offences against children and through the duration of that sentence he will have no one….it’s going to be a very lonely and a very difficult time,” said Mr Rose.
His teenage victim said: “He knew what he was doing was wrong when I was telling him to stop, now it is too late. I think they should throw away the key.”
The teenager said she was given strength and support from her partner and his family after she explained her background which gave her the courage to go to the police.
“It is something I had to do and I came out feeling a great relief that hopefully he would be put away,” she said.
“It is really good to know that there is someone out there that cares and loves you and I have never felt so loved in my life – they are one in a million.”
The girl, who left school with no GCSEs, has now found an office job and is studying NVQs to further her career in administration.
She says working also helps to keep her occupied so she is not haunted by memories of her past.
She said: “I would say to other people to speak out. It helps when you have got support behind you to go and tell someone.
“Even if you don’t go to the police, go to a counsellor and talk about it and they might be able to help.”
Typicaly, despite running demos against Muslim child sex abusers, the English Defence League have denied that Coates is part fo the EDL reminicent of last year's cover up of child sex abuser and founder Richartd Price who leadership described as a 'political prisoner' when he was jaled for indecent images of children and cocaine pocession.
As far as English Defence League demonstrations are concerned, Tower Hamlets was always going to be a disaster.
The press turned sharpley on them, no one in London wanted them there and many members bottled it resulting in cancelled coaches all over the North of England. Despite it being billed as 'The Big One - Taking the fight to the Lion's Den) only 1,000 actually made it. Even less made it back.
The day started badly when the RMT Union and underground staff closed stations they were using stating that they were a health and safety hazzard. Amit mass confusion, they arrived at Kings Cross and all the local drinking establishments refused them beer. It ended with leader Tommy Robinson getting arrested and remanded in HMP for breaking his bail conditions.
To add insult to injury they were again largely ignored by the media, those journalists that did turn up got assaulted (one sexual assault accordiing the the NUJ and one having had his clothes set on fire by an EDL member with a can of lighter fluid) and one chap got five months in prison for attacking a police officer. Our new style quick justice system took him off the streets in record time. Overall there were 66 arrests.
The final insult of this fiasco was the fact that they were outnumbered heavily by opposition and were not let anywhere near Tower Hamlets, instead finding themselves caged in a Royal Bank of Scotland car park in Aldgate, City of London.
All this did not bode well for Yaxley Lennon who turned up regardless of the restrictions on his bail conditions.
In a bizarre twist he climbed on stage dressed as a Jewish Rabbi complete with beard and wide brimmed hat and was intorducted as Rabbi Benjamin Kidderman (see video below)
Lennon promptly whipped off the beard and hat and declared he 'needed to get out of this shit' before launching into a police goading speech about breaking his conditions. Police tried to arrest Lennon and he was scurried away before surrendering the next morning to a Luton Police Station, only to be remanded on Monday morning in HMP Bedford. Full story here
Lennon finished his speech by issuing a threat of collective punishment to all Muslims: "EVERY SINGLE MUSLIM watching this on Youtube, on 7/7 you got away with killing and mainiming British citizens, you got away with it. You had better underestand that we have built a network from one end of this country to the other end, and we will not tolerate it, and the Islamic community will feel the full force of the English Defence League if we see any of our citizens killed, maimed or hurt on British soil ever again."
In a final twist to the day, EDL Nottingham Division 'Angel' Joanne Dickson allegedly got dragged off a coach toilet, through an emergency exit and was assaulted on the street. Though her version of things has got more holes in it that a Swiss cheese and it is thought she was drunk, opened the emergency door to shout racist abuse, only to fall of the bus and be helped to her feet by an Asian gentleman.
The English Defence League offered her their full support only to be provided with some vils screenshots of racist comments she had made over the last few weeks. Shortly after the incident 44 members of their coach party were arrested and bailed.
So with Tommy on remand, Uncle Kokaine Kevin with be taking the reigns whilst his cousin is suffering the injustices of a two tier justice systems which has banged him up for breaking his bail conditions.
English Defence League Leader Stephen Yaxley Lennon was arrested by appointment on Sunday morning and remanded in custody for breaking his bail conditions.
Lennon, who was already on police bail for the assault on an ex-serviceman at their Blackburn demo was remanded after breaking conditions that he was not to be involved in the EDL until the outcome of his trial.
Although they were suppose to be demonstrating in Tower Hamlets, Aldgate East in the City of London was as far as they got where Lennon bizarrely took to the stage disguised as a Jewish Rabbi announcing that he had to 'take this shit off' before revealing himself.
After a negative report in the Jewish Chronical, Roberta Moore, extremist leader of their renegade Jewish Division announced the disguise was their idea and intended to sneak him in past police. This suggests leadership have done nothing to sort out the extremists within their ranks and Roberta Moore and Robert Bartholomeus are still very part of the organisation, despite praising Ander Behring Breivik and the atrocity he committed.
Since Lennon's remand in HMP Bedford he has announced he is going to be joining the ranks of Moors Murder Ian Brady and go on hunger strike. There has also been a outcry amongst the rank and file EDL membership with cries of a two tier system, even though he was jailed for breaking his bail conditions.
Lennon's PA Hel Gower has set up an e-petition to get their leader release which is currently 960,000 signatures short of going before parliement. Elsewhere EDL members are hunger striking in sympathy but EDL News thinks that no one will actually notice and they won't stick it.
HMP Bedford is a Male Category B Local Prison taking sentenced and remand prisoners from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The prison also takes a limited number of Young Adults.
Lennon is rumoured to be on a special protection wing for his own safety.
If anyone wants to write to Tommy his address is below. We suggest sending him cards featuring food as he really should be encouranged to eat.
St. Loyes Street
Bedford MK40 1HG
22:02 Late news but possibly the best of news, The Guardian, in their reporting on the demonstration today noted that: "As he began his speech, the EDL's founder, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, 28, who uses the name Tommy Robinson, appeared to be led away by police. He is under court restrictions after being convicted of leading a fight at a football match in Luton earlier this year." So Lennon spends a night in the cells, his entourage spend the night pouring over maps trying to figure out just how far outside Tower Hamlets the Aldgate actually is, and Tower Hamlets itself rests in calm and peace. Good night all. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/sep/03/edl-march-halted-by-police?CMP=twt_fd
17:50 The BBC have updated their story to include that scuffles had broken out in the EDL ranks and firecrackers had been thrown at the police by the "far right activists". They also suggest there were about 1,000 EDL as opposed to the 1,500 anti--EDL who turned out to protest their protest. That number is not though to include the people of Tower Hamlets, only the people near the EDL protest points.
17:29 Arrest quotas so far appear to be EDL 73, UAF 0. Rumour has it that the Oxford coach also suffered its tyres being slashed at a service station. All in all not the victory that Lennon would have wanted. In fact about minus 73 + minus 1 arrest pending for Lennon + minus the 800 that never got to Tower Hamlets to do their speeches + minus the 300 that didn't even get to Aldgate + minus infinity for the bad publicity, the anti-Semitic act of dressing as a Rabbi and being too damned scared to show his face in public, and the total lack of television news coverage throughout the day. You lose Lennon.
17:24 People are now on their way home from all sides. Whatever kicks off later Tower Hamlets varied community has apparently had a lovely day, entertaining the anti-fash at the Mosque while they waited for their coaches, and enjoying renewing the links that bind everyone who lives there, no matter what their colour, religion, age they joined together to rebel the EDL and found their community spirit strengthened for it. Well done Tower Hamlets - the *real* winners of today!
17:06 Hope not Hate clarifies the arrest situation with this: "Update from Tower Hamlets. It seems that Yaxley-Lennon might have evaded police arrest. Four police officers went to arrest him but he escaped. Either that or he broke free of the police. Will try to find out more." There are also suggestions that he legged it and dived into a shop to evade the police. Let's hope they land on his doorstep later
16:44 With the residents of Tower Hamlets exuberantly shouting "EDL Defeated" the EDL do what they do best - start fighting with each other. Of course, what else would they do when they can't get their hands on anyone else.
16:23 Footage has appeared showing Stephen Yaxley Lennon being introduced as Rabbi Benjamin Kidderman, complete with hat, coat and false beard. When his identity was revealed some EDL members threw Nazi salutes and shouted seig while others changed E E EDL .
16:06 It appears that the big one at Tower Hamlets was never to be for Stephen Yaxley Lennon - they only got as far as Aldgate East Tube Station. This is where Lennon made his appearance, in full Rabbi disguise, climbing up and giving his winding up speech to the crowd of aobut 300 EDL, the rest having been left behind at Kings Cross. It was said that Lennon was arrested, however the EDL are now denying this despite his attempts at goading the police and the fact that the crowd broke out into mass chanting and several assaults occured after Lennon called for calm. Whatever their intent for today the result is that they are now being herded back to their coaches, their trains and their minibusses and being sent firmly on their way home. Number estimates so far seem to be 800 EDL, 800 UAF and some MDL and other anti-fash.
15:55 Another update from Hope not Hate: "Update from Tower Hamlets.The EDL protest is over and everything is winding down. Hopefully things will calm down now. Obviously they still have to get them back to Liverpool Street and then Kings Cross but if they can keep them out of the pubs then maybe all will be quiet." - Let's all hope so!
15:44 Despite appeals for calm the crowd clearly broke into chanting and cries before the police got in to arrest anyone. This happened at the same time as someone was arrested for an unprovoked attack on a journalist.
15:30 "Update from Tower Hamlets.More on Lennon's arrest. Seems he came disguised as a Rabbi.Bottles are being hurled at police & press from EDL supporters.Also some trouble on Commercial Street between local Bengali youths and police.Things have quietened down now but there are groups of EDL and Bengali youth wandering around the area.
Several hundred EDL supporters who did not go to Kings Cross have not been allowed to join the main EDL demo by police so are wandering around the area in small groups." - Hope not Hate This will explain the heavy coat Lennon was seen wearing in the journalists photograph of him giving his speech. Suspicion has been raised that he intended to get arrested and that he goaded the police knowing that it would result in a riot.
15:27 Taken directly from HOPE not hate "Update from Tower Hamlets. Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been arrested.He was goading the police that he was breaking his bail conditions and invited them to arrest him. It seems they did just that. Violence breaks out following the arrest."
15:23 Journalist photo released of Stephen Yaxley Lenon aka Tommy Robinson giving his speech with his cosin Kevin Carrol by his side.
14:31 Bringing things up to date from Twitter, FaceBook and various other sources reporting from Tower Hamlets. Reports have been made by EDL members on Twitter and other places stating that the Allah is a pedo chant has been done, there have been nazi salutes, and one Twitter poster has uploaded a video of Kings Cross station where chanting can clearly be heard. Bangers have been thrown at spectators, the police attacked and the riot dogs have been broken out - sadly the dogs were for the UAF, not the EDL. Earlier the Liverpool coach was apparently pulled over by the police to do tyre checks. The SDL are there with their flags unfurled as are Plymouth and other divisions with their banners ready. Stephen Yaxley Lenon aka Tommy Robinson has been posing for pictures with supporters prior to the event.
2nd Spetember 2011
14:16 Dun A Ri, Euston Flyer and The Driver are all closinh their doors to teh EDL tomorrow.
13:44 - Jewish Division Leader and extremist, Roberta Moore is said to be attending the demonstration with Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik's friends, the Norwegian Defence League. Most EDL members aand some of the leadership have past stated that they wish to inflict violence on Moore.
This could be seen as a deliberate attempt by Moore to destroy the EDL and take over the void judging by the EDL's hastily set up 'official' Jewish group which have six members, none of which are Jewish.
13:30 Euston Flyer and O'Neills pubs state that EDL members are not welcome and will be turned away. RMT threaten to extend their stike to all London stations that teh EDL might try to use.
10:40 Things get even more confused as all the meeting places are change at the last minute
Flying Scotsman - 0207 7837 8271
Dun A Ri - 0207 837 4863
The Driver - 0207 278 8827
1st September 2011
21.11 As more and more are dropping out and desparate please for bums on seats are made on their Facebook page, The Police release demo conditions
17:55 Bradford Division are struggling to pay for their coach, Hull and Dewbury are struggling to fill their coach..
Bradford Division English Defence League (EDL) we are struggling to get our funds in to pay for coach we are short of 350 bar coach is 900. .i am willing to pay double for my self just wonding what everybody else thinks about that. am shore we can get help from our other divisions in westyorkshire.Will keep all informed about the situation.. ns 14 minutes ago
14:59 The RMT have said they will shut down Liverpool Street station on health and safety grounds if the EDL gather there.
10:57 Euro Car Parks and Sainsburys have made it clear the EDL are not welcome to demonstrate in their car parks
In a challenge which barely got noticed amongst non English Defence League members, a challenge for Tommy to have a debate with David Cameron was issued.
The EDL still seem to be upset that Prime Minister Cameron refered the the far right group as 'the sick of society'.
His remarks were made in an emergency parliamentary recall fo rthe UK riots after a mob of drunken English Defence League supporters attacked Welsh police in Eltham, south London.
The wall then went on to explain the organisation's mission statement which neither the EDL leadership or any of their members adhere to.
For days there has been disgruntled posts on the EDL's main walls and a chorus of followers equally disgruntled.
EDL News would hope that Cameron has better things to do than pander to a tiny fringe movement of racists, thugs, football hooligans, disallusioned coke heads and nazis.
Nothing winds the EDL up more than not being taken notice of.
Unsurprisingly, no one from the government had time to notice the EDL's challenge and no one could be bothered to call them up and arrange it, not even Mr Cameron so a surly message has been posted to Cameron's Facebook wall by ex-BNP/Combat 18/National Front extremist and PA to Tommy and Kevin, Hel Gower.
The English Defence League are struggling to get numbers to attend their Tower Hamlets demonstration on Sataurday. Many Divisions are claiming of half filled coaches and Liverpool have had to cancel theirs due to members not paying up. Rochdale Division cancelled their coach and are going down in a car.
Stoke on Trent Division cancelled their coach and issued the following statement
TOWER HAMLETS HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED THIS IS DUE TO EVERY 1 WHO HAS PUT THERE NAME DOWN AND HASNT SPOKE TO ADMIN ABOUT THEIR PAYMENT.OUR ADMIN WORK VERY HARD TO SORT OUT THE CHEAPEST WAY OF TRAVEL TO AND FROM EVENTS... WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT US TO DO FOR YOU PAY FOR YOU ... IF YOU STILL WISH TO GO YOU CAN GO VIA TRAIN WHICH WOULD MEAN YOU PAYING MORE THAN WHAT WE OFFERED NFSE (PAD) .
It is thought to be down to the fact that they will be herded into car park again after Home Secretary Theresa May banned their march and the massive opposition they will face from residents of all creeds and religions.
The car park thought to be the venue is the Sainsburys off Bradley Street, White Chapel. This may have been chosed because it resides in the back streets and the EDL can be marched from the Station through the back streets to the car park and bussed out/marched back to the station again without causing too much aggrevation to the local community.
One of our members received a phone call from Euro Car Parks, who manage that car park of Sainsburys, and they have said that they 'will not' be allowing the EDL to use the car park, and nor will Sainsburys, and they will be putting in extra security to deal with this and prevent them from using the car park.
It is thought that another reason that numbers will also be low is the only real interest in going to Tower Hamlets is the chance to kick off at the local Muslim community. Not all EDL members will want to brave that knowing that if certain elements of the EDL do kick off, they will be heavily outnumbered. The EDL leadership are currently promoting it as 'going into a war zone' and the average EDL member will not fancy travelling down from Newcastle to face several thousand angry Londoners.
In a desparate attempt to bulk their number's the EDL have been pimping a 2006 Sun article about Staffordshire based amusement park, Alton Towers planning on a Muslim only day. This inevitably lead to call to demo there and very few of the EDL members fact checking the article. What happened was it was block booked for the day by a Muslim groups and ended up being cancelled.
The EDL appear to have support travelling over from Norway. Right wing extremist Lena Andreassen, leader of the Norwegian Defence League has stated her intention to attend despite her organsiation being under scrutiny following the massacre by Ander Behring Breivik. The NDL had close links with Breivik and is infested with Nazis. The NDL are being welcomed by Jewish Division extremist, Roberta Moore who has herself had threats made against her by fellow EDL members if she attends.
Meanwhile Tower Hamlets based anachist groups spent much of the weekend fly postering Notting Hill Carnival with the following poster.
After all the tub thumping coming from Tommy Robinson, he should be grateful to Theresa may for banning the Tower Hamlets march. With ever decreasing demo attendance figures, their new Facebook group struggling to get more than 12,000 members (including trolls, police, European/American racists and journos) and the last couple of 'big one's' being a damp squib with less than a couple of thousand attendees bothering to turn up, the EDL would have been ran out of town by the massive opposition they would have faced from local people of all colours and religions. It would have been a humiliating experience for all concerned in the movement and possibly the end of the EDL.
This demo was to officially stated to be a protest against extremists in the East London Mosque, a mosque that has largely rid itself of it's extremists which you would have thought to be what the EDL wanted but in the real world it was to be a provocative demo in a Muslim against all Muslims. A chance to get beered up, march through the neighbourhoods of the perceived enemy and look ‘hard’ The average EDL member does not differentiate between a Muslim extremist and peaceful law abiding Muslim.
Tommy can now claim his free speech has been curtailed without actually having to risk his arse in the 'Lion's Den'. In the real world Tommy gets his free speech and so do his members. They are allowed to threaten violence, threaten to burn mosques, threaten to kill Muslims on their Facebook page and despite it being illegal to incite violence and racism, the police largely leave them to get on with it.
That does not mean they will not be run out of town by a lot of residents who do not want the EDL defending them. As with their last few demos up and down the country, the EDL have been penned into a car park and surrounded by huge metal fences. When they have not been able to fight with the police or the opposition they have fought amongst themselves.
The ban will almost certainly reduce the figures of EDL members attending dramatically . Many are disillusioned with having to stand pissed up in a car park and hear the same old speeches by the same old people. The hard core want a fight and the authorities won't let them. They are treated like the children they are and caged which serves the purpose of protecting the local people and minimising the negative effect they have on.
We have all seen what happened when the EDL are allowed to have a march. Just look for the videos of EDL members running amok, attacking people and smashing up property in Leicester and Dudley. Just look at the Plymouth Division's meet and greet where their members got drunk and violently attacked a local kebab house, purely because it was Muslim owned. The four members that were accused of the attack were charged with a variety of racially aggravated offences today and have to answer bail in Plymouth at 2pm on the day of the demonstration.
The Home Office's ban will not restrict the EDL's free speech. If they want to have another pointless drunken meeting in a car park they will get that and it will minimize the destruction and the violence aimed towards the peaceful local people who make Tower Hamlets the wonderful place it is.
Tommy intends to go anyway, in this video made shortly after the ban was announced by the Home Office, he states in his usual petulant way, that he will attend regardless and is happy to break his bail conditions. His conditions ban him from any EDL activity or demonstrations and he has to report to Luton police station at 2pm on Saturdays. This was put in place following him being charged for headbutting an ex-serviceman in Preston earlier this year.
The police have not been very strict with his bail conditions so far as he has been spotted attending various EDL meetings and currently has a Channel Four Despatches film crew following him around and the police have done nothing. One rule for the EDL and one for everyone else. We really can't see them ignoring him not turning up to answer bail on the day of the march so when he is arrested and remanded for breaking British law he will no doubt whine about it and claim a two tier system.
The EDL also claim that there are no go areas for white people in Tower Hamlets and anyone who has actually been there know that is patently rubbish. Tommy himself even had his stag night there. This is the sort of rubbish that likes of the EDL and other far right groups like to pedal in order to scare people into joining their crusade against an imaginary threat.
Whilst the EDL might have some sort of rightful concerns as stated in their mission statement, they should stick to that. If they removed all of their Nazis, football thugs and general run of the mill racists, stop getting drunk, fighting and smashing things up, people might take what will be a very small group of vocal people a bit more seriously and not see them as a bunch of racist petulant teenagers who are out for a fight with brown people.
Their last demo in Telford resulted in over fifty arrests for a variety of public order and racially aggregated offences and as with all EDL demonstrations, there is substantial threat to public order, we do not think the police and the Home Office had any choice, especially so soon after the riots.
If the English Defence League were serious about going down the political path to get their point across, they would demonstrate in Westminster and not go to a Muslim area in order to harrass the local citizens of Tower Hamlets.
The English Defence League's plan to march through the capital next month was blocked by the Home Secretary today.
Theresa May banned all marches in Tower Hamlets, east London, and four neighbouring boroughs in the capital for a 30-day period following a request from Scotland Yard Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin.
The move comes amid fears of violence and disorder if the march was allowed to go ahead.
Mrs May said: "Having carefully considered the legal tests in the Public Order Act and balanced rights to protest against the need to ensure local communities and property are protected, I have given my consent to a ban on all marches in Tower Hamlets and four neighbouring boroughs for a 30-day period.
"I know that the Metropolitan Police are committed to using their powers to ensure communities and properties are protected.
"We encourage all local people and community leaders to work with the police to ensure community relations are not undermined by public disorder."
Nick Lowles, director of the anti-extremist campaign group Searchlight, said: "This decision is a victory for common sense.
"The EDL clearly intended to use the proposed march to bring violence and disorder to the streets of Tower Hamlets. Their plan has been foiled."
He added: "We congratulate Theresa May and the Metropolitan police on their decision, as well as those ordinary Londoners who have joined with Searchlight and local community groups in opposing this divisive demonstration.
"Legitimate protest is healthy. Violence and intimidation are not."
The amount of times Stephen Lennon/Tommy Robinson/Paul Harris/Blue Mighty Morphin Power Ranger has dropped off the face of the planet in times of EDL melt down is just silly. It seems, if you want to hear from him, share a pint with him or rock up at Downing street with him it’s best to wait until he’s under pretty heavy bail conditions. Restricting rock on Tommy from participating in English Defence League business flushes the miserable looking Muslim hater right out. Currently it seems he wont FACK OFF. And ffs Tommy, Smile!