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TOMMY Robinson thanked his supporters as he walked free from prison today after a judge overturned his conviction for contempt of court.

The English Defence League founder (EDL) hugged friends before he was led from Onley Prison by a pal this afternoon.

Breaking his silence Robinson said: “I want to thank the British public for all their support.”

He has also claimed he was held in solitary confinement and complained he suffered “mental torture” while imprisoned.

Later he posted a YouTube video showing the moment he was reunited with his two kids  – who he revealed had taken his imprisonment hard.

Robinson also revealed  his release from prison will mean he will be able to join his family on their imminent summer holiday to Tenerife.

On the Free Tommy Robinson Facebook page a post said he was “over the moon” about the ruling.

 Robinson speaks to security staff as he leaves the jail near Rugby this afternoon

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Robinson speaks to security staff as he leaves the jail near Rugby this afternoon

 Tommy Robinson marches past reporters outside Onley Prison today

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Tommy Robinson marches past reporters outside Onley Prison today

 Tommy Robinson refuses to give interviews as he marches past journalists outside Onley Prison

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Tommy Robinson refuses to give interviews as he marches past journalists outside Onley Prison

 Robinson led through a crowd of reporters and photographer's by a friend

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Robinson led through a crowd of reporters and photographer’s by a friend

The Facebook post said: “Tommy just called his family from prison to ask what the outcome was – he said prisoners were shouting that he was going home but he did not want to believe them. He is over the moon.”

Robinson was sentenced to 13 months in prison earlier this year after broadcasting footage of trial defendants on social media.

He claimed he was “reporting” on a grooming trial involving 28 Asian men.

Tommy Robinson’s emotional reunion with his kids as he reveals he is off on a family holiday to Tenerife after he’s freed from prison

However, during his Facebook Live stream he referred to the defendants’ religion, the ethnicity of the alleged victims, the costs of the prosecutions and questioned why publication was prohibited.

The judge also said that he considered it a “seriously aggravating factor” that Robinson was asking people to share his video, legal documents explain.

But the 35-year-old is now a free man again after the Court of Appeal ruled there were technical flaws in the ruling of the judge who jailed him.

The original judge was found to have “rushed” Robinson’s trial and as a result the court did not hear which parts of his offending footage was problematic.

This meant that he could not defend himself properly, the Court of Appeal heard.

 Tommy Robinson was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court in May

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Tommy Robinson was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court in May

 Tommy Robinson supporters cheer outside the Court of Appeal today

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Tommy Robinson supporters cheer outside the Court of Appeal today