Tommy Robinson ‘threatened Independent journalist’ in bid to prevent publication of story


Tommy Robinson turned up at the home of an Independent journalist late at night and threatened to falsely accuse her partner of being a paedophile in a bid to prevent the publication of a news story, a court has heard.

The English Defence League founder, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was issued a stalking protection order on Friday after a court was told he sent menacing messages to Lizzie Dearden in an attempt to get her to drop an investigation into claims he misappropriated donations from his supporters.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard he turned up at Ms Dearden’s home in south London in a black Range Rover at around 9.50pm on 17 January this year, two days after The Independent home affairs correspondent emailed his solicitors seeking comment on the article.

Robinson, speaking over the building’s intercom and shouting outside, asked the journalist and her partner to “come down and talk”. He tried to get into the building but they refused to let him in and he was turned away by security.

He then referred to Ms Dearden’s partner by name and shouted loudly: “I know you are inside. Come out and we will sort this out. I will be back every day if I have to.”



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