Policeman who told Tommy Robinson to leave pub 'did not know who he was'

Tommy Robinson

EDL founder Tommy Robinson is taking Cambridgeshire Police to court.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A police officer who moved Tommy Robinson on from a pub has told a court he did not know who he was at the time.

Mr Robinson claims he was targeted by police after a football match in 2016 because of his "beliefs" and followed part of the way towards the train station.

He has taken Cambridgeshire Police to court claiming the force harassed him.

Sergeant Paul Street told Peterborough County Court: "I didn't know what he looked like but I had heard the name. My understanding was he was an 80s football hooligan."

 

Mr Robinson said he had taken his three children, aged between five and nine at the time, to see Luton Town play away against Cambridge United.

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.

Sgt Street told the court he believed Mr Robinson 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, legal counsel for Mr Robinson, asked Sgt Street: "If I was to tell you Mr Robinson was not 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 Robinson 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 continues.