TOMMY Robinson was left humiliated by a judge today as he lost his “discrimination” case against police.
The EDL founder was told by Judge Karen Walden-Smith “you’re not as well known as you think you are,” after taking Cambridgeshire Police to court for harassment.
Mr Robinson, appearing in court under his real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, claimed the force targeted him because of his beliefs.
He was in a Cambridge pub after he took his children to see Luton Town play away against Cambridge United in August 2016.
Sergeant Paul Street, who moved Mr Yaxley-Lennon on, told Peterborough County Court that he did not know who Mr Yaxley-Lennon was at the time.
He said he moved Mr Yaxley-Lennon on due to intelligence that he was a football supporter likely to cause trouble, and was with a group of other “risk” supporters.
Mr Lennon isn’t as well-known as he and his supporters may think
Judge Karen Walden-Smith
Judge Karen Walden-Smith said: “In my judgment there’s no evidence that Mr Lennon was being treated differently because of his beliefs about fundamentalist Islam.”
Giving her judgment following a four-day hearing, she added: “Mr Lennon isn’t as well-known as he and his supporters may think.”
After the judge read out her decision on Friday, there was a shout of “the law’s an ass” from the public gallery and Mr Yaxley-Lennon said the judgment reflected the “entire corrupt system”.
Mr Yaxley-Lennon said in evidence that he was drinking water and the judge did not make a determination on this.
CLAIMS RULED OUT
She said that “as any good parent would, Mr Lennon tried to shield his children” from what was happening but said officers who followed him towards the station had followed “proper procedure” to ensure he did not loop back and return to the pub.
Judge Walden-Smith ruled that all of his claims, including several under the Human Rights Act, had failed.
Sgt Street earlier told the court that he did not know who Mr Yaxley-Lennon was and thought the name referred to an “80s football hooligan”.
He’s there with his children and he’s certainly not dressed for a fight, he’s in his flip-flops
Mr Yaxley-Lennon said he was with his three children, aged between five and nine at the time, on a family day out.
Alison Gurden, representing the 36-year-old, said Sgt Street “didn’t take into account factors that he should have done”.
She said Mr Yaxley-Lennon had been going in and out of the pub to see his children outside.
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She said: “It wasn’t necessary (to move him on) as there was… nothing to indicate Mr Lennon was likely to become involved in disorder.”
“He’s there with his children and he’s certainly not dressed for a fight, he’s in his flip-flops.”
She said Mr Yaxley-Lennon believed he was “discriminated against on the grounds of being Tommy Robinson and his beliefs”.
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