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Tommy Robinson supporters clash with cops as they demand EDL founder's release from jail in London protest

Tommy Robinson supporters clash with cops as they demand EDL founder’s release from jail in London protest

TOMMY Robinson supporters yesterday clashed with cops in London as they demanded his release from jail.

Supporters of the English Defence League founder marched down Regent Street carrying England and Union flags singing, “We want Tommy out”.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed on July 11 after being found guilty of contempt of court for live-streaming a video outside a child grooming gang trial.

Footage showed police and demonstrators pushing each other as the pro-Robinson supporters tried to break through a barricade.

In other violent scenes, bottles and chairs were hurled at cops and counter-demonstrators.

A Met Police spokeswoman confirmed several arrests were made – but the exact figure was not known last night.

STRICT CONDITIONS

Police imposed strict conditions for the demo and a protest planned by Stand Up To Racism where both groups were limited to specific areas for a set period of time.

Pro-Robinson supporters chanted: “Whose streets? Our streets” while marching towards Langham Place, near the BBC headquarters.

A police barricade of vans and officers on both foot and horseback kept them apart from the counter demonstration at Portland Place.

Tense scenes began to unfold when pro-Robinson supporters broke off and marched party-way down Oxford Street and Regent street before police escorted them back to Langham Place.

A police helicopter hovered above throughout the demo, which began shortly before midday and ended at 3pm.

Ahead of the protests, Scotland Yard warned that anyone breaching the conditions set for the demos could be arrested and prosecuted.

Commander Kyle Gordon, gold commander for the operation, said: “Anyone breaching these conditions will be liable to arrest and prosecution.

“I have a full policing operation in place and we will be proactive in ensuring any impact on our communities is minimised, while ensuring anyone who is intent on violence is dealt with swiftly and robustly.”

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