Update: Here’s a direct link to the latest defense fund for Tommy Robinson.
Tommy Robinson was arrested at 4:30 this morning at his home in Luton, which is in Bedfordshire, north of London. His alleged “crime” was to have recorded a videotape outside a courtroom on Monday in Canterbury, Kent.
Tommy was on the scene in Kent on behalf of TheRebel.media, so this time he has the backing of his employer, which is a not insubstantial resource. The Rebel helped him get a lawyer, and he was out on bail by early this afternoon.
The Rebel have started a campaign to #SaveTommy. Our English correspondent Seneca III writes to advise Tommy’s supporters and The Rebel to redirect their petition efforts towards a more appropriate target:
There is one mistake in the Rebel Media report: the call to petition the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire. That’s going for the wrong target — Bedfordshire Police would not have carried out this raid without being requested to do so by the Chief Constable of Kent Police, one Alan Pughsley.
Below is the initial video appeal put out by The Rebel:
Here’s a brief video that Tommy made after he was bailed:
And here’s Tommy’s cell phone video of his arrest at 4:30am:
Once again, here’s the link to #SaveTommy
Below the jump are excerpts from a report on Tommy’s arrest published by Breitbart:
Tommy Robinson Arrested for Contempt of Court After Trying to Film Alleged Rapists Outside Canterbury Court
Tommy Robinson, founder and former leader of the English Defence League, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning at his home in Luton for allegedly “trying to video Muslim paedophiles” on the steps of Canterbury Crown Court on Monday.
Posting a video to his Facebook page before the arrest, Mr. Robinson told his followers: “It’s 04.32 and the police are at my house, and I’m being arrested for going to a court case in Canterbury and trying to video the Muslim paedophiles.”
Moments later, two police officers are seen in the bottom of the partially obscured frame, one of whom tells Mr. Robinson he cannot use his phone.
A statement made from Mr. Robinson’s Twitter account read that he had been arrested “on charges relating to attempted journalism”.
04:30 this morning. #SaveTommy
Posted by Tommy Robinson on Wednesday, 10 May 2017
A spokesman for Kent Police said: “On Wednesday, officers attended an address in Luton, Bedfordshire, and arrested a 34-year-old man for contempt of court.
“The arrest is in relation to an incident at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday (May 8).”
Crown courts are open to the press, but any filming and recording of courts and court precincts is illegal under section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 and the Contempt of Court Act.
According to KentLive, Mr. Robinson was waiting outside Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, hoping to interview one of four male suspects accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Kent. Officers ushered Mr. Robinson and two cameramen from Rebel Media away, warning them they were at risk of breaking the law by filming on court steps.