Activist and independent journalist Tommy Robinson has reportedly been jailed after a large police team detained him outside Leeds Crown Court, where he was reporting on yet another child grooming gang trial.
Robinson, who founded the English Defence League street protest movement but later renounced it to join the Quilliam counter-extremism organisation, was at the court to report on ten men accused of offences including child rape, trafficking, and supply of class A drugs to children, according to Caolan Robertson.
A video posted by Caolan shows Robinson being taken away by three police officers, apparently on suspicion of inciting a breach of the peace.
UPDATE: Robertson now claims that Robinson has been brought before a judge, who has activated a 13-month suspended sentence for contempt of court which was handed to Robinson for previous reporting on another grooming gang trial.
A recording of Robinson’s arrest shows one police officer appearing to seize his mobile phone before he is bundled into the back of a van. The exact number of officers at the scene is unclear, but at least half a dozen appear to be involved.
“This is free speech. This is where we’re at,” Robinson tells onlookers, before addressing the officers directly.
“You know when you do this, more people are going to watch this now than ever,” Robinson tells them.
“This is ridiculous. Lads, do you feel right what you’re doing, here? I haven’t said a word — in fact, someone laid their hand and assaulted me outside court; other people swore at me and threatened me about my mother, and here I am being arrested for saying nothing. I’ve done nothing,” he claims.
The first of the 10 accused grooming gang members arriving now at Leeds Crown Court. Charges include child rape, trafficking & supply of class A drugs to children. Welcome to Britain. pic.twitter.com/NMwMJ1ctFB
— Caolan Robertson (@CaolanRob) May 25, 2018
A video posted prior to the arrest does appear to show Robinson asking two men how they feel about the verdict, to which one responds: “Go and f**k your Mum’s fanny, go and f**k it!”
“Is there any guilt?” responds Robinson.
“You f**k your Dad, you son of a bitch!”
Robinson has now been released, although it is unclear whether police will pursue charges at this point.