The Ministry of Justice is braced for further protests after Tommy Robinson has told supporters to demostrate outside ‘whatever prison’ he is sent to after he was jailed for contempt amid.
His supporters rioted on the streets of London, set fire to European Union flags and threw bottles at police officers today as he was jailed for a second time for contempt of court for nine months.
Following his sentence, Robinson used his Telegram – which he uses after having his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles suspended – to encourage supporters to protest on Saturday outside ‘whatever prison’ he is sent to.
Ex-UKIP leader Gerard Batten has claimed Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has been transferred to maximum security prison Belmarsh – which currently houses Wikileaks Julian Assange and the jihidai extremists who murdered Lee Rigby.
In a tweet Mr Batten said: ‘Tommy Robinson sent to Belmarsh max security prison run by jihadi terrorist gangs (for contempt of court?).
‘UKIP Peer Lord Pearson to put Written Q to HM Govnt in Hse of Lords on Mon: ‘What steps are HM Govnt taking to ensure the safety in prison of Stephen Yaxely-Lennon?’
Supporters of Robinson have also been sharing what is allegedly his prisoner number on social media.
Belmarsh is the default place prisoners are taken to from the Old Bailey initially before being transferred to another prison to serve their sentence, unless other provisions are made.
A legal source said convicts serving less than six months often serve out their sentence at Belmarsh, rather than being moved to a different facility, due to the administration required to move them elsewhere.
Robinson is serving a sentence of 19 weeks – but will only be behind bars for less than ten weeks.
Belmarsh is a Category A prison and houses a number of convicted terrorists, or people convicted of terror related offences. But also holds people convicted of other serious crimes such as the black-cab rapist John Worboys.
The Ministry of Justice do not comment on where prisoners are taken.
The English Defence League founder, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was branded a ‘liar’ by the judge as his supporters set off smoke bombs outside the Old Bailey and he called for more demonstrations, before they marched to the Houses of Parliament.
BBC journalists filming on the College Garden were verbally abused, physically intimidated and had their equipment attacked before police officers arrived.
Robinson, 36, was told the time he previously spent behind bars for confronting members of an Asian sex gang during their trial in Leeds in May 2018 would be taken into account, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks – of which he will serve half before his release.