A law firm employee and his family live in fear after being cornered, filmed and accused of caring for children by far-right activist Tommy Robinson.
The clash at Wrekin Retail Park in Telford on Saturday night is now the subject of a police investigation.
And Robinson’s victim – who had no involvement in the Telford grooming scandal that shocked the nation almost a decade ago or in any criminal convictions – has issued a statement to officers.
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He declined to speak to Birmingham Live, an associate told our reporter.
Robinson, who now describes himself as an investigative reporter, was accompanied by 10 other people when he “locked up” the paralegal’s car, an eyewitness said.
A prominent community leader, who requested anonymity, said the man who had a microphone stuck under his nose remained in shock. He said he had never engaged in crime.
âHe’s shaken up,â he said. âHe is a religious man, a father with children. He worked for several law firms.
âHis family is afraid of being targeted. There were 10 present on Saturday evening, they surrounded him.
Disturbingly, the 39-year-old “interviewer” names the individual and also accuses him of drug trafficking and police compensation.
Robinson says, “You might have gotten away with this for a decade, you might have thought you were smart, you might have thought you had cops on your payrollâ¦”
“I have statements that you are involved in drug trafficking,” he adds.
Robinson also cautions, âThe clock is ticking, my brother, everyone is going to see who you are. “
Throughout, the targeted individual protests their innocence – and stands firm.
He told Robinson, âThis is a complete and utter lie. You are a troublemaker, a liar, you are a criminal, you have a criminal record. I don’t have a criminal record.
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“I am a married man, a happy married man.”
Regarding the allegations that he bribed police officers, the target protested: âWhat are you talking about? I am not in a position to pay people money. I don’t have that kind of money.
His denial was greeted very badly by many who commented on the video – and there are almost 600 comments.
One of them posted: “Straight on the defensive and throwing all the old shit out to try and discredit Tommy.”
Another said: âA brave, determined and intelligent man is Tommy. Like a guided missile … won’t be put off by the b ******* thrown at it, it just cuts straight towards the target. I can’t wait to see the documentary.
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Robinson released another video on Tuesday explaining his actions.
He told his subscribers: “I was informed that there was an emergency meeting at Telford Police Headquarters and that people I had contacted for their comments were present at the meeting.
âLetâs be clear, Iâm a journalist, I investigate trafficking and rape gangs in the city and Iâm going to tell the story of the victims who have been forgotten, neglected, mistreated, ignored, mocked and Iâm going to tell their story. story to the British public, that’s what I do.
“And in the process of telling their story, there will be certain people that I will need to contact for their right of reply, which is what I did.”
He adds, âLook, I’m not saying they committed a crime. “
Robinson then details the “research” carried out.
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The controversial Luton-born activist himself fell in love with the justice system. His convictions include violence, financial and immigration fraud, drug possession and public order offenses.
In May 2018, Robinson was sentenced to 13 months for contempt of court after posting a video of defendants entering court, despite reporting restrictions in place.
Due to procedural errors, he was released on bail pending a new hearing. On July 5, 2019, Robinson was again convicted on retrial and sentenced to nine months in prison.
He served nine weeks.
A West Mercia Police spokesperson said on Friday: “West Mercia Police are aware of the incident and officers are investigating.”
The Telford grooming investigation rocked Britain.
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A series of trials that lasted two years and ended in 2013 resulted in the conviction of seven men for a series of offenses against four girls, including rape, control of child prostitution, incitement to child prostitution and trafficking for the purpose of prostitution.
It followed a police investigation in western Mercia under the name “Operation Chalice”.
In 2018, our partner newspaper, the Sunday Mirror, claimed that up to 1,000 girls had fallen prey to grooming gangs in Telford.
The figure has been strongly contested by West Mercia Police Superintendent Tom Harding. He told the local Shropshire Star newspaper: âI don’t think Telford has a noticeable problem compared to other towns.
âThe sexual exploitation of children will take place across the country, and Telford is no different than anywhere else. I am confident that we understand the magnitude of the problem here, and we have the resources here to deal with it.
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