Lord Justice Leveson explains the court's logic behind the poppy burning fine


The senior judge responsible for sentencing policy in England and Wales, Lord Justice Leveson, has spoken about the decision to fine a man £50 for burning poppies during an Armistice Day event.

Sir Brian Leveson told BBC Radio 5 live: "[The judge] had to balance the insult caused to those who were respecting the two minutes silence against the right which we all have to express ourselves freely."

The case has prompted much criticism in the newspapers and military charites who said the punishment was far too lenient. Sir Brian told Victoria Derbyshire "It depended on the evidence and what he heard."

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Victoria Derbyshire broadcasts Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 on BBC Radio 5 live.

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