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Tommy Robinson supporters set off fireworks as they swarm Belmarsh prison

TOMMY Robinson supporters are setting off fireworks outside Belmarsh prison – as cops descend on the scene.

The former English Defence League leader, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed for nine months on Thursday after committing contempt of court. 

He afterwards told his followers to “protest outside whatever prison I’m in on Saturday please”. 


Fewer than 100 people are now outside Belmarsh prison in Thamesmead, south-east London. 

The crowd are carrying Union Jack flags with the message: “Free Tommy – Enemy of the State.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that no arrests have yet been made, with several police cars pictured at the scene. 

Robinson filmed defendants in a criminal trial outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018 and broadcast the footage on social media. 

He was previously jailed for recording the video and was imprisoned again this week at The Old Bailey. 

Dame Victoria Sharp told him: “We are in no doubt that the custody threshold is crossed in this case, in particular having regard to the common law contempt that the respondent committed.

“Nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified.”

The time Robinson previously spent behind bars will be taken into account, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks – of which he will serve half before being released.

Dame Sharp previously said that he had encouraged “vigilante action” in the video – which lasted for an hour-and-a-half and was viewed millions of times. 

Earlier this week, Robinson begged for political asylum from US President Donald Trump after his conviction. 

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