EDL supporter returning from Tower Hamlets protest threatened rail worker

A man was arrested at a train station for threatening to hit a rail worker. Lee Anthony Dunn, of Sydney Gardens, South Shields, was travelling on the King’s Cross to Sunderland train on September 3, passing Hartlepool, when he was asked to move by a train manager who wanted to get past. Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that the 27-year-old asbestos fitter – who was with a gang from the far-right movement the English Defence League – refused to budge.

Prosecuting, Paul Power said: “The train manager asked the defendant to move so he could pass again, and he swore at the worker. This made the train manager nervous, because of the defendant’s size and because he was an English Defence League supporter.

“He ordered the train manager to zig-zag through him and his friends, and he warned the worker that he would hit him if he asked again. The train manager retreated behind two security officers who happened to be on the train, and police were informed. The defendant continued to square up to other people on the train, and the bar had to be closed.”

Dunn admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. He was fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Shields Gazette, 8 November 2011