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POLICE launched a probe today after Tommy Robinson was accused of attacking the home of a journalist who helped a BBC Panorama investigation into the far-right ideologue.
Mr Robinson — real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon — banged on the door of Mike Stuchbery’s home in Luton and shouted abuse at 10.45pm on Monday, then returned with others at 5am this morning and renewed the attack.
At the same time, the journalist’s mobile phone was flooded with abusive messages. Police were called on both occasions.
Mr Stuchbery, 38, moved to Britain from Australia over four years ago and lives in Luton with his wife Chani.
He told the Morning Star: “At the time I was terrified. But now I’m angry.”
He said Mr Robinson behaved like a “gangster,” adding: “This is happening all too often. Tommy Robinson thinks he can do what he wants.”
Mr Stuchbery said he was “consulted” about a forthcoming Panorama programme exposing Mr Robinson’s racist, criminal and violent background.
He also wrote about a violent attack on a Syrian refugee schoolboy, named only as Jamal, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, last November.
“A couple of days after, Robinson went up there and made all sorts of claims about Jamal being a bully,” said Mr Stuchbery, who has investigated far-right activities and written for newspapers including the Independent, Guardian and Huffington Post. “It was completely untrue.”
Friends of the young victim launched an online “crowdfunding” appeal to pay for legal action against Mr Robinson and Mr Stuchbery wrote about the campaign.
Letters relating to the case were being served on Mr Robinson today.
“Tommy Robinson thinks I am the mastermind behind the whole thing, which is not true,” he said. “I did not decide to take the legal action.”
Mr Stuchbery and his wife were in bed when Mr Robinson mounted his first attack on Monday night.
“He came round to my place about 10.45pm absolutely raging. I was in bed at the time. There was no ringing the doorbell, no polite knock. He was smacking the door, smacking the windows. He was there for about half an hour. I managed to record some of it on my phone.
“Twenty seconds after it started, my wife and I started getting message requests on my phone. I think we got 100, maybe 200, of them.
“It was stuff like: ‘You have been intimidating someone’s family. Now how do you feel?’ They said: ‘Coward.’ There was abuse about my appearance, and other things.”
Mr Robinson has been banned from using social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.
“He was streaming on one of his mates’ phones,” said Mr Stuchbery.
“I called the cops. The cops came round. I said: ‘I want him out of here.’ If he has a problem with me, he can go to court or to the papers I write for.”
After Mr Robinson left, Mr Stuchbery said: “We didn’t sleep after that. Then he came back at about 5am. He started pummelling again. It seemed like he had mates with him, some other people.
“He was there about 15 minutes that time. He was calling me a paedo. It was completely surreal. It was about 15 minutes, then he said: ‘I’ll be back after I’ve been to the gym.’
“I called the police again and they came. I gave a statement saying he had been harassing me again. They said they were going to try to collar him, to arrest him.
“At the time I was terrified, but now I am angry. This is happening all too often. Tommy Robinson thinks he can do what he wants. It is classic fascist tactics, classic gangster tactics.”
Mr Robinson has complained repeatedly that his “freedom of speech” has been attacked, but yesterday was his second media-related incident.
On Saturday February 23, he led a demonstration by 3,000 street thugs at BBC TV studios in Salford, Greater Manchester, over the Panorama investigation into his background.
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