British far-right activist Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months

Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson

The judges at the Old Bailey court in central London said his Facebook Live video had encouraged "vigilante action" and that it breached the reporting restrictions with Robinson "aggressively confronting and filming" some fo the defendants.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found guilty of contempt of court past year and sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Officers put on their helmets as they were pelted with drinks bottles and cans, and City of London Police said three arrests were made.

Violent clashes erupted outside court after the sentencing was booed by Robinson's supporters.

Some of his supporters then moved towards Parliament where there were reports of journalists being verbally abused and physically intimidated.

Police also confirmed a further four people were arrested on Friday for affray.

Reporting restrictions were in place to postpone the publication of case details until all the trials were over.

The video lasted an hour-and-a-half and was viewed online 250,000 times, after being live-streamed on Facebook.

Dame Victoria Sharp told Robinson that the time he previously spent behind bars for the contempt will be taken into account, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks - of which he will serve half before being released. The words he used, said the judge, would be read as "an incitement" to harass the defendants "gave rise to a real risk the course of justice would be seriously impeded".

TOMMY ROBINSON has been jailed for nine months today after being found guilty of contempt of court.

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Back in March, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox brought fresh contempt of court proceedings against Robinson - resulting in this second conviction.

Robinson, 36, was originally sentenced to 13 months in jail but was released two months later after an appeal.

With the time he served in jail past year for the same offence deducted from the sentence, his prison stint will amount to 19 weeks with a release on licence after 10 weeks.

A retrial was ordered after Robinson appealed the sentence with the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, saying the ruling was "flawed".

Robinson denied any wrongdoing throughout the trial, seemingly unaware of the meaning of contempt of court, which is created to ensure fair criminal trials.

Contempt of court legislation exists to ensure the fairness and integrity of criminal trials.

If someone interferes with a trial, the defendants can walk free and a new trial may have to be held.

Anyone found in contempt of court can be jailed for up to two years, receive an unlimited fine, or both.

The law is contained in the Contempt of Court Act 1981, which states that contempt arises when there is a "substantial risk of serious prejudice".

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