BARROW'S public have voiced their opinions about former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, who was sentenced to nine months imprisonment after being found guilty of contempt of court.

Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sentenced after filming defendants of a sexual exploitation case outside Leeds Crown Court.

Mr Robinson, who visited Barrow in May as part of his bid to become a European member of parliament, breached reporting restrictions - put in place to stop jeopardy for child grooming trials.

Commenting on The Mail's Facebook page, Greg Rose said: "He broke the law it's quite simple.

"He was thick enough to quote the names of those on trial from an article posted before reporting restrictions were in place.

"It's quite simple and the reason he was jailed is because he's a repeat offender whose continually broke the law."

Another commenter, which mirrored Mr Rose's opinion was Gail Bundy.

Ms Bundy said: "Proud the people of Barrow protested against this fascist.

"He is a violent criminal and now has been further convicted of this offence.

"Locking him away is public money well spent."

Opposing Mr Robinson's jail term was Jo Thornley, who said: "This guy is just another example of those who are criminalised for standing up for what's right.

"Would you believe that everyone who is convicted isn't always guilty but just not as vindictive and manipulative at playing the victim?

"Like many I've seen who actually get away with far worse because they know how to play the system, just like the people he's trying to call out."