Tommy Robinson supporters' bus given parking ticket outside court

Matilda Long
The Tommy Robinson supporter bus was slapped with a parking ticket (PA Images)
The Tommy Robinson supporter bus was slapped with a parking ticket (PA Images)

A bus playing pro-Tommy Robinson videos parked outside the Old Bailey where Mr Robinson is currently standing trial has been given a parking ticket.

The former EDL leader is accused of criminal activity after broadcasting footage on social media of defendants in a criminal trial while jurors were considering their verdict.

Supporters of Mr Robinson, including a bare-chested man in a Donald Trump mask drinking a can of beer, gathered outside the court this morning and chanted “Oh Tommy, Tommy” as he made his way to the Central Criminal Court.

The double decker bus was parked further down the street screening videos in support of Mr Robinson.

Supporters of Tommy Robinson, one wearing a Donald Trump mask, wait for his arrival at the Old Bailey in London where he is due to attend a committal hearing for alleged contempt of court.
Supporters of Tommy Robinson, one wearing a Donald Trump mask, wait for his arrival at the Old Bailey in London where he is due to attend a committal hearing for alleged contempt of court.
A double-decker bus screening pro-Tommy Robinson films parked in Old Bailey, which was issued with a Penalty Charge Notice as Robinson appeared the Old Bailey in London for a committal hearing for alleged contempt of court.
A double-decker bus screening pro-Tommy Robinson films parked in Old Bailey, which was issued with a Penalty Charge Notice as Robinson appeared the Old Bailey in London for a committal hearing for alleged contempt of court.

Robinson supporters booed as the warden slapped a ticket on the front windscreen of the black and red bus.

The warden, who appeared unaffected by the booing from the crowd, said the fine was £130, reduced to £65 if paid quickly.

A decision in the case is expected later today.

Tensions escalated outside the court yesterday as Mr Robinson left the building after his hearing concluded for the day.

Supporters shouted “fake news” at journalists, and “scum” at police.

A number of officers formed a line alongside the fencing.

One Robinson supporter had to be pulled back by a friend as he screamed at a female police officer: “You are a disgrace.”

The former English Defence League (EDL) leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is said to have committed contempt of court by filming defendants accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and livestreaming the footage, in breach of a reporting ban.

A reporting restriction was put in place which postponed the publication of any details of the case until the end of a series of linked trials involving 29 defendants, in a bid to prevent to ensure all defendants received a fair trial.

Robinson broadcast the footage from outside Leeds Crown Court on May 25 2018, while the jury in the second trial was considering its verdict.