Tommy Robinson has lost a harassment case against police after a judge told the far-right activist he is ‘not as well known as he might think.
Robinson, who appeared in court under his real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon had sued Cambridgeshire Constabulary over claims he had been ‘humiliated’ after being thrown out of a pub following a football match.
The 36-year-old, who founded the English Defence League, claimed in Peterborough County Court that police had targeted him because of his beliefs.
Tommy Robinson, pictured today outside Peterborough County Court, lost a case against Cambridgeshire Constabulary who he claimed had discriminated against him due to his beliefs
However, Judge Karen Walden-Smith dismissed the claim and said the officers told Robinson to leave the bar after considering the risk.
Judge Walden-Smith also ordered Robinson to pay £20,000 in costs having lost his case.
One officer told the court that he did not know who Robinson was.
Sergeant Paul Street told Peterborough County Court he did not know who Mr Yaxley-Lennon was at the time and thought the name referred to an ’80s football hooligan’.
He said: ‘I didn’t know what he looked like but I had heard the name. My understanding was he was an 80s football hooligan.’
Mr Yaxley-Lennon said he had taken his three children, aged between five and nine at the time, on a day out to see Luton Town play away against Cambridge United in August 2016.
The 36-year-old was at a pub after the match when Sgt Street told him he would be issued with a dispersal order unless he left.
Robinson, who took the court action under his real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, lost his case against Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Sgt Street told the court he believed Mr Yaxley-Lennon was with a group of Luton supporters who might cause trouble.
He told the court on Wednesday: ‘This is nothing to do with Tommy Robinson. It’s about keeping risk supporters out of an environment where they’re likely to cause trouble.’
Alison Gurden, for Mr Yaxley-Lennon, asked Sgt Street: ‘Why did you not ask about his children, where they were?’
Sgt Street replied: ‘Because he wasn’t with his children. He was with a load of men drinking beer.’
Mr Yaxley-Lennon, who the court heard was upstairs in the pub when he spoke to Sgt Street, claimed he had been in and out of the pub to see his children.
Ms Gurden asked the officer: ‘If I was to tell you Mr Lennon wasn’t drunk and there wasn’t any evidence of that, what would you say?’
Sgt Street replied: ‘I would find it very hard to accept that because he smelt of alcoholic drink. He was becoming irate and he smelt of alcoholic drink.’
He added that Mr Yaxley-Lennon kept ‘trying to interview me on his mobile phone’.
Sgt Street said: ‘A discussion would be had off camera, then the camera comes out and it becomes a pantomime.’
The hearing was attended by a number of Mr Yaxley-Lennon’s supporters.
Judge Karen Walden-Smith warned Canadian Ezra Levant, a reporter for the right-wing Rebel Media Organisation, that tweets he had sent from the court contained ‘pejorative, inaccurate and inflammatory language’ and told him to stop sending such tweets.