A man accused of taking part in an attack on Kingston Mosque denied making up lies to clear his name, a court has heard.

The prosecution claimed all nine men on trial at Kingston Crown Court could be identified on CCTV walking toward the mosque in a large group on November 21, 2010.

Martin Pottle, 23, of Hanworth, interrogated by police on January 6, 2011, was accused in his interview of making up a story about walking to Sainsbury’s with a friend, whose name he could not remember, so his friend could top-up his phone.

During the interview he was shown a photograph of a man who police suggested was wearing a hooded jacket similar to his, but Mr Pottle said he was wearing a hooded jumper, not a hooded jacket, the court heard.

After being told by one of the interviewing officers: “I don’t believe a word you’re saying,” he replied: “If I was going to do anything... would I have had my hood down?”

Alfie Wallace, 19, of Shepperton, made no comment to police questions at first after his arrest on December 7, 2010.

He denied an image of a man on a still from CCTV footage was him when shown it by police, the court heard.

Asked about why people in the CCTV footage might be covering their faces, he said: “It’s cold.”

Jordan Ellingham, 21, of Feltham, said he went on the march to be “a bit patriotic”, heard people say “let’s go to the mosque” and was “intrigued” so went to East Road, the jury heard.

Mr Ellingham told police: “I didn’t know what was going on. A bit of shouting and then I think a few things being thrown by people.” He said: “I weren’t aggressive, weren’t violent.” In his interview on December 7, 2011, James Stacey made no comment to each and every question and made no comment an image which the prosecution say is him.

Mr Pottle, David Morris, 21, of Epsom, Mr Wallace, 19, Terry Earl, 32, of Northolt, Adam Khalfan, 19, of Ashford, Paul Abley, 24, of Feltham, Karl Matthews, 21, of Brentford, Mr Ellingham, 21, of Feltham, and Mr Stacey, 19, of Shepperton, all deny violent disorder, affray and racially-aggravated damage.

The trial continues.