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Man arrested after brick thrown at Tommy Robinson event in Larches

Posted on - 21st May, 2019 - 12:56pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Larches, People, Preston News
Tommy Robinson speaking in Larches PIC: Tony Worrall

A man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after he threw a rock at the screen at a Tommy Robinson presentation in Larches.

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The MEP candidate, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was in the city as part of his campaign trail ahead of Thursday’s European elections.

According to Robinson, the event had the biggest turnout of his appearances across the country, with a crowd of around 600 people, man waving Union flags and St George’s flags.

The event moved from a residential part of the estate to Ashton Park after residents told Robinson they feared for their children’s safety after seeing conflict at other appearances on Robinson’s tour.

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A police spokesman said the event “largely passed off without incident” but a 36-year-old man was given a caution for criminal damage after he admitted he had thrown the rock which caused the damage.

Read more: Peaceful milkshake party planned for when Tommy Robinson comes to Preston

Meanwhile in the Peace Gardens, dozens turned out for a counter rally, the ‘Peace, Love and Milkshake party’ to celebrate diversity in the city.

They carried placards saying ‘Say NO to racist UKIP.’

Robinson snubbed a request from Muslim charity The Light Foundation to meet with him during his time in the city.

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