Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

EDL ex-leaders in court over march

Kevin Carroll and Tommy Robinson deny obstructing police outside Aldgate East Tube station in east London on June 29

Two former leaders of far-right group the English Defence League will go on trial today 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, and Kevin Carroll each deny a charge of obstructing police outside Aldgate East Tube station in east London on June 29.

The pair were attempting to stage what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks in south east London via the East London Mosque, with a plan to lay flowers in memory of Fusilier Rigby in Woolwich on Armed Forces Day.

Police said they offered two alternative routes that avoided Tower Hamlets, home to the mosque, and warned that anyone who tried to march to Woolwich would face arrest.

The pair, who set up the EDL in 2009, announced their withdrawal from the group earlier this month.

They will go on trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court from 10am.