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  • 24 January 2014, 1:31

Tommy Robinson: EDL Founder Jailed For Fraud

Former English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 18 months for mortgage fraud.

The far-right group's founder - real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of the offence at a hearing in November.

Apparently reacting to the sentencing handed down to him at St Albans Crown Court, the 36-year-old took to Twitter to say: "This is a complete stitch-up".

He also posted a picture of a meal of meat, mashed potatoes and chips, with the message "one last feed", and then "see u all in 18 months".

Robinson was accused of conspiring with others to obtain a mortgage by misrepresentation from the Abbey and Halifax banks.

He previously served time in prison for using someone else's passport to travel to the United States.

Robinson was sentenced to 10 months at Southwark Crown Court in January 2013 after admitting possession of a false identity document with improper intention.

He has also had a series of brushes with the law as police tried to restrict marches by the EDL following the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Robinson left the group in October, saying he no longer felt he could control its extreme far-right elements.

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