Former-EDL leaders Carroll and Robinson cleared

16 October 2013 Last updated at 15:24
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Ex-EDL leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll cleared

Two former English Defence League (EDL) leaders have been cleared of a charge of obstructing the police.

Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll were accused of trying to defy a ban on marching from the East London Mosque to the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

The pair denied obstructing police near Aldgate East station on 29 June.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was “insufficient evidence” to proceed with the case.
Armed Forces Day

Mr Carroll, Mr Robinson’s second cousin, learned of the decision when he attended Westminster Magistrates’ Court to stand trail.

The pair were charged after attempting to stage a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks via the East London Mosque, with a plan to lay flowers in memory of Fusilier Rigby on Armed Forces Day.

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

In a statement the CPS said: “Both defendants were charged by police with obstructing a police officer in the execution of her duty, contrary to s89(2) Police Act 1996.

“When this case was reviewed, the lawyer concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the actions of the suspects amounted to the offence. We therefore discontinued the case.”
Further charges

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is due to answer two further public order charges relating to an EDL demonstration in East London on 7 September.

He is accused as a public assembly organiser of failing to comply with the condition of limiting speeches at the rally to 30 minutes, and is alleged to have incited others to breach the condition.

He has indicated that he will plead not guilty to the charges.

The pair, who set up the EDL in 2009, announced their withdrawal from the group earlier this month over concerns of the “dangers of far-right extremism”.

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