Tommy Robinson arrested for breaching Covid-19 restrictions during London rally

Tommy Robinson arrives at arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London to support Britain Fir

Tommy Robinson outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London - Credit: PA

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson appears to have been arrested during a heated rally in London.

Images on social media show Robinson in handcuffs as officers tried to clear a path to a police van through a shouting crowd.

Robinson, 37, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, co-founded the far-right EDL (English Defence League) in 2009.

The Metropolitan Police said they arrested a man who was at a rally at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, central London, on Sunday.

A spokesman said: “At 14:44hrs a man aged in his 30s was arrested under the coronavirus regulations for holding or being involved in the holding of the event.

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“He has been taken into police custody.”

Appearing to be released from custody, Robinson protested his innocence in a clip posted on Twitter.

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In it, Robinson confirmed he was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon and was held at Wandsworth police station.

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