Plaistow EDL demonstrator banned from Islamic venues

A Plaistow man with a history of public order convictions has been banned from associating with the English Defence League (EDL) and ordered to stay away from Islamic venues.

John McAndrew, 29, of Grange Road, was served with a five-year conviction related anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) on February 21.

It prohibits him from entering or loitering outside any Islamic meeting, prayer room, school, mosque, festival, centre, or �development site in Greater London, as well as forbidding him from attending, promoting or publicising any EDL-related public demonstration, protest, march or similar event.

McAndrew had been jailed on December 7 charged for affray after hurling large stones at rush hour traffic on the A4 during an EDL demonstration outside West London Magistrate’s Court on May 11 last year.

A month later, McAndrew was identified as being involved in an assault when two men were targeted by groups connected with another EDL rally in �Dagenham.

McAndrew pleaded guilty to common assault, affray and two charges of failing to surrender bail at Woolwich Crown Court.

He was sentenced to a total of 14 months in prison to serve a minimum of seven months.

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McAndrew was also ordered to serve six months of a nine month �suspended sentence in �relation to an affray at a Poundmart store in Woolwich in 2009 which was activated by the recent offences.

After serving the CRASBO at Woolwich Crown Court, Pc Mark Gellard, from the Barking and Dagenham Anti-Social Behaviour Team, said: “This behaviour affects those who live, work and frequent the areas where some of these demonstrations have taken place.

“I hope (today’s) anti-social �behaviour order sends a clear message that police will take �robust action against those who break the law under the guise of protest.”