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Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson to appeal against jail sentence

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Image caption Tommy Robinson founded the EDL in 2009 but quit the group in 2013

The former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) is to appeal against his 13-month prison sentence.

Tommy Robinson, from Bedfordshire, admitted contempt of court after filming outside Leeds Crown Court during a trial in May.

A judge told him his actions could have caused the ongoing trial to be re-run.

The 35-year-old will attempt to have his sentence cut at the Court of Appeal in London later this month.

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It was the second time Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, had been found guilty of contempt.

At the time of the offence in Leeds he was subject to a suspended sentence for a charge related to a separate case in Canterbury

The Leeds footage, lasting around an hour, was watched 250,000 times within hours of being posted on Facebook.

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Jailing him, Judge Geoffrey Marson said it was a "serious aggravating feature" that he was encouraging others to share it and it had been shared widely.

He added: "Everyone understands the right to freedom of speech but there are responsibilities and obligations."

Robinson founded the far-right EDL in 2009.

It became known for its street marches and demonstrations in towns and cities before he quit the group in 2013.

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