Former EDL leader denies assaulting man in HMP Peterborough

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known by the pseudonym Tommy Robinson arrives at Magistrates to face a charge of assault by beating. , Magistrates Court, Peterborough 10/02/2016.  Picture by Terry Harris. THA
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known by the pseudonym Tommy Robinson arrives at Magistrates to face a charge of assault by beating. , Magistrates Court, Peterborough 10/02/2016. Picture by Terry Harris. THA
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The former leader of the anti-Muslim group the English Defence League has denied assaulting a man at HMP Peterborough.

Steven Yaxley-Lennon (33) from Bedfordshire, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday), where he entered a not guilty plea to one count of assault by beating.

The court was told the alleged assault happened at the prison on July 16 last year.

Yaxley-Lennon - also known as Tommy Robinson - spoke to confirm his name and age, but asked for his address not to be read out in court to prevent the media from knowing where he lives.

The court was told Yaxley-Lennon said he punched a man while inside the prison in self defence.

He was granted bail until his trial, which will take place at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on April 14.