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article imageJudge jails thugs who mistakenly thought they were attacking EDL

Whitechapel - Sentences have been handed down at Snaresbrook Crown Court to ten percent of those involved in an attack on The Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel causing $6,000 worth of damage. However, the English Defence League (EDL) were not inside.
Under siege
The Docklands & East London Advertiser reports that the three thugs sentenced were part of a thirty strong mob that violently attacked the pub with various missiles in a similar manner to that which Digital Journal reported was recently used in Walthamstow.
At the Walthamstow demo the police indicated that arrests would be made after the violent attack had finished, when it was safe for them to do so.
Prison
Shah Ali of Hanbury Street and Ruhal Roof, of Cambridge Heath Road, both twenty-two, received prison sentences of eighteen weeks, whilst an accomplice, eighteen year old Mahfuz Rayhan, of Barking, received a community order with 200 hours unpaid work and 12 months supervision.
Not acceptable to attack the lawful EDL
Judge Alan Pardoe QC said:
“The three of you have pleaded guilty to violent disorder and submitted your motivation for taking part in this violence was that you heard members of the English Defence League were inside the pub.
“All three of you now accept the people in the pub were not in fact members of the EDL.
“I must make it crystal clear that if they had been, that would have provided no justification for your activities. It’s not open to anyone to attack anyone of membership or presumed membership of any lawful organisation.”
However, strictly speaking the EDL does not have any form of ‘membership’ as such.
History of The Blind Beggar pub
The Blind Beggar pub was built in 1894, during a time when London was the world’s largest capital city. Only six years prior, Jack the Ripper committed the infamous Whitechapel murders. Prior to the current building, an inn had existed on the same site since sometime before 1654.
In 1865 William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, preached his first sermon outside the pub, in what was a poverty stricken part of London. Before becoming the Salvation Army it was known as the East London Christian Mission.
On 9 March 1966 (the same year that England won the World Cup) Ronnie Kray murdered another villain, George Cornell, in The Blind Beggar pub by shooting him in the head. Witnesses were too scared to say anything.
However, these days the pub website reassures us that it is no longer governed by notorious East End gangs. It is “now a trendy venue for young professionals, lovers, students and families, Londoners and tourists.”
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