Police were called in after trouble flared at a book signing in Sunderland by the English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.
Violence broke out at Saturday’s event, which was staged in an off-licence shortly before a Sunderland-Celtic match being held the same day.
Police attended Fletcher’s News and Booze, where an 18-year-old man suffered a head injury and needed hospital treatment.
Twenty-one arrests were made in total.
Read the article from the BBC here
TWAFA Comment: Almost inevitably Tommy Robinson’s book signing ended in violence. it seems that violence follows this man wherever he goes.
If it is true that Robinson was wearing a Glasgow Rangers shirt at the launch, when Celtic were playing nearby at the Stadium of Light, then that was of course deliberastely provocative and foolish thing to do. it was also somewhat ironic; Robinson’s real name of course is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, betraying a distinctively Irish background….
We really do not need the likes of Yaxley-Lennon or any other far-right thugs coming into our region to make a name for themselves and money for their bank account, while leaving behind people in either hospital or court. Fortunately the vast majority of people in the Northeast can see through the likes of Yaxley-Lennon and his desperate fellow travellers…
(c) TWAFA July 2017