Tommy Robinson protest: Police release images of nine people after violence in London

Police have released images of nine people after violence at a protest against the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson, right (Pictures: PA/Rex)
Police have released images of nine people after violence at a protest against the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson, right (Pictures: PA/Rex)

Police have released images of eight men and one woman they would like to speak to after “violent disorder” at a protest against the imprisonment of former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

Scotland Yard said scaffolding and glass bottles were among the items thrown at police at the June 9 protest in Whitehall, London, with 21 officers injured.

Hundreds of demonstrators descended on the capital and blocked off the road around Trafalgar Square after Robinson was jailed for contempt of court.

Police have released images of nine people they want to speak to about the protest in London (Picture: Metropolitan Police)
Police have released images of nine people they want to speak to about the protest in London (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Leeds Crown Court heard Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, used social media to broadcast details of a trial which was subject to blanket reporting restrictions.

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Detective Constable Jonny Wise, from the Metropolitan Police Public Order Investigations team, said: “During this demonstration violent disorder broke out on the streets of Central London.

“Scaffolding, glass bottles and items of street furniture were thrown at police officers and 21 officers sustained injuries.

Police survey the protest in London’s Trafalgar Square on June 9 (Picture: Rex)
Police survey the protest in London’s Trafalgar Square on June 9 (Picture: Rex)

“Serious disruption was caused to members of the public, local businesses and the local communities.

“Vehicles and buildings were damaged and those responsible need to be held accountable for their actions.

“I am appealing to members of the public to help police identify the individuals in these images.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8246 0076 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.