After Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, got himself arrested following a fracas at the Center Parcs resort in Woburn Forest, he and his fans have been pushing their narrative, insisting that the altercation began after a middle-aged man grabbed Lennon’s eight-year-old daughter’s backside in the children’s swimming pool.
The problem for this narrative is that the “children’s swimming pool” claim, along with the accusations of “Paedophile” and “Nonce” thrown at the bloke with whom Lennon had his altercation, have turned out to be at least unproven, and at worst plain flat wrong. The result is that The Great Man is still up on a Common Assault charge early next month.
Still, the narrative had to be pushed, however pointless the task, and so it came to pass that Lennon’s fan site TR News told readers yesterday “Tommy received a call from Detective Sergeant Hancock on Wednesday. Pro-Paedophile Policing - Or Just Plain Negligence?” Phoning Lennon is now “Pro-Paedophile Policing”? Steady on.
Center Parcs Woburn Forest
There is more. “Bedfordshire Police officers dutifully arrested a father for the ‘crime’ of protecting his daughter and the ‘crime’ of stopping a suspected paedophile from escaping justice. The ‘would be nonce’ (child molester) was not cautioned or arrested by Bedfordshire Police officers; he was simply ‘let go’. If the modus operandi of Police forces up and down the UK are influenced by media reports of Tommy Robinson then the UK is in dire straights [sic] indeed”. As Sir Sean nearly said, I think we got the point.
But do go on. “During a follow-up call from DS Hancock, it became pretty clear that as far as he was concerned, the only reason Bedfordshire Police would arrest the ‘would be nonce’ is if there was CCTV or witnesses to the sexual assault of a minor”. Is that a problem? “Police officers do not ‘need’ evidence to arrest anyone … Police only need ‘reasonable grounds’ to make an arrest”. Yeah, like CCTV footage.
But while Lennon’s fan site is blustering “Bedfordshire Police have proven without any doubt in our minds, they were more interested in the political scalp of Tommy Robinson, protecting paedophiles and dismissing the allegations of an eight-year-old girl”, they are managing not to address his rapidly unravelling story.
The Tweeter known as Aunty Fah has addressed it: “the alleged sexual assault did not happen in a children's pool but the Wild Water Rapids … The Wild Water Rapids are not just for children but for both adults and children. When Robinson started ranting about men without children being at Centre Parcs the officer told him that was irrelevant, they are not just for families, having children is not a condition of entry”. There was more.
“The police officer rang Robinson to give him an update on the investigation into Robinson's allegation, he told him that the police now have the CCTV footage and are reviewing it, are talking to Centre Parcs staff and have appealed for witnesses, Robinson was so busy ranting … he later demanded to know whether the police had CCTV footage”.
Stephen Yaxley Lennon is still up on a Common Assault charge on April 2nd. He should count himself lucky that the cops are giving his claims the benefit of the doubt.
And if the CCTV doesn’t stand up that claim, he might be in even more trouble.
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