EDL CRIMINALS AND CRIMINALITY
A record of criminality amongst its members and leadership within the EDL
Authors Hazel Zebulon, Drew Hunter 2011 / 2012
The leader and founder Steven Yaxley Lennon
In 2004 he joined the BNP with a family membership. In the same year he assaulted an off-duty police officer who intervened to stop a domestic incident between Yaxley-Lennon and his partner Jenna Vowles. During the scuffle Yaxley-Lennon kicked the officer in the head.
He was convicted on 18 April 2005 for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, for which he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, and assault with intent to resist arrest, for which he received a concurrent term of three months.
Lennons partner Vowles, also a BNP member, was cautioned for possession of cocaine. She told the court that the she found two empty bags in her house and was taking them out so that her parents did not find them.
Convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour 24/08/2010 at Luton Vs Newport County. Luton magistrates sentenced Lennon to a 12-month community rehabilitation order, a three-year ban from football and ordered him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
Convicted of assault on Alan McKee at Blackburn EDL demo 02/04/11. 12 week suspended sentence, 150 hour community order £200 costs.
He was in court and charged with a public order offence during Armistice Day in Kensington last year, when Muslim extremists burned poppies.