Lawyers for Tommy Robinson Appeal for Witnesses to Pub Incident

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A lawyer acting for Tommy Robinson, leader of Pegida UK, has put out a statement calling for witnesses to a recent incident in which Mr Robinson was thrown out of a pub and escorted out of the city of Cambridge by police, under threat of legal action.

Mr Robinson was enjoying a day out with his family and some friends when the incident occurred, prompting accusations of police harassment.

A video recorded by Mr Robinson on his mobile phone shows at least four Cambridgeshire Police Officers telling him that he and his three children, all aged under ten years old, must leave a pub in Cambridge where they were watching football or risk being issued with a Section 35 dispersal notice, more commonly used to break up violent mobs.

The officers then follow the family along the road for over a mile to the train station, causing the children to sob in terror.

Cambridgeshire Police deny targeting Mr Robinson during the incident in Cambridge, claiming in a statement that 18 Luton football club supporters were asked to leave the city to prevent violent clashes between fans.

However, when asked by Breitbart London whether there was any proof that the other 17 existed, and which they were willing to release, they replied that there was not.

Some have speculated that their actions were designed to provoke Mr Robinson into retaliating, giving the officers cause to arrest him – an allegation made by Alison Gurden, the barrister acting for Mr Robinson, in her statement.

Mr Robinson has previously said he believes the British authorities tried to have him killed by locking him in a cell with a number of Islamist terrorists while he was serving a previous sentence for a minor infraction.

Mr Robinson has long been an outspoken critic of Islamism within the UK, founding the English Defence League seven years ago in a bid to uphold the status of English culture within England. This year he became the leader of the UK chapter of Pegida – Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West – which was founded in Dresden, Germany two years ago.

The full statement by Alison Gurden reads:

“My client, known as Tommy Robinson, is a Luton Town FC football fan. On Saturday 27th August 2016 he went to watch Cambridge United FC v Luton Town FC with two friends and five children under 11, between them. All the children were in Luton Town FC shirts.

“Neither my client nor his friends were involved in any disorder throughout the entire day in Cambridge. Before and after the match, Mr Robinson was with his group of friends and the children, and spent most of his time at the fair on Parkers Piece, Cambridge. He entered the Grain & Hop Store Public House at the end of a pleasant afternoon with the children. However within half an hour, he and his children were subjected to distressing and unwarranted harassment by Cambridgeshire Police officers who told him that he and his children had to leave the City of Cambridge to prevent disorder.

“This is believed to be a blatant misuse of a dispersal order against a football fan who did nothing more than go on a family day out: attend a football match, watch a football match on a TV in a pub with friends, and attend the fair with children.

“There were no issues with either Home or Away supporters in the pub, or to my knowledge, in any other pubs in the area. So why have football fans who have attended a football match with their young children been targeted, harassed and treated with contempt by the police?

“Cambridgeshire Police have issued a statement claiming that 18 Luton Town FC football fans were dispersed from the City in order to prevent disorder, but that there was no need for them to be served with notices as they left of their own free will. There is video evidence to the contrary which clearly shows that Mr Robinson was told he had no option but to leave the City. Sadly this is the police PR machine in action, yet another example of the spin that a police force will put on their actions to justify treating football fans like second class citizens.

“I am not aware of anyone else who was dispersed, and request that any Luton Town FC football fans who were dispersed from the City of Cambridge on Saturday to make contact with me in order that a full picture of events on that day can be obtained. It would help clarify whether the Cambridgeshire Police count of 18 people being dispersed includes the five children under the age of 11 who were in tears as they were followed by police officers.

“I would also like to know if the other people who were dispersed were followed back to the train station by Cambridgeshire Police officers and video recorded by the officers for the whole of this route. It is a shame that the police officers chose to continue following and filming when it would have been clear that this police harassment was causing the children to become very distressed.

“I believe the main objective was to try and obtain ‘evidence’ against my client. Upsetting young children who were peacefully walking to the train station on the orders of the police would be considered by many to be provocative, not that this tactic succeeded.

“I also ask that anyone who was in the Grain & Hop Store Public House or who witnessed my client, his friends and their children being followed back to Cambridge train station to contact me, particularly if they have video footage or photographs.

“This casual misuse of dispersal orders against football fans by police officers cannot continue to be tolerated.”

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