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Fourteen jailed for more than 70 years for Nottingham riots

A Nottingham police station being firebombed Photo: ITV Central

Fourteen people have been jailed for more than 70 years in total over their involvement in a Nottingham riot, which saw petrol bombs thrown at a police station last August.

Today at Nottingham Crown Court, a jury found four men and two teenage boys guilty of riot. Ten others had already pleaded guilty to a variety of offences at earlier hearings.

Lance Francis, 25, of no fixed address, was jailed for a total of 14 years, after he was convicted of arson with intent to endanger life, perverting the course of justice and riot.

Three others who were found guilty of riot after a seven-week trial were also jailed:

  • Shaundre Robinson, 22, of Scotholme Avenue, Hyson Green received five years in prison.
  • Gregory Coleman, 20, of Bells Lane, Broxtowe, was handed a five-year sentence.
  • Callum Powell, 20, of Jarrow Gardens, Top Valley, was jailed for five-and-a-half years.
Four men and two teenage boys were found guilty of rioting: Lance Francis, Shaundre Robinson, Gregory Coleman and Callum Powell. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Six other defendants had already pleaded guilty to riot while four others admitted taking part in violent disorder. They are:

  • Curtis Dejean, 19, of Welstead Avenue, Aspley – on 16 April pleaded guilty to riot, arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and possession of explosives. He was jailed for 10 years.
  • Reiss Wilson, 21, of Beckhampton Road, Bestwood – on 18 April pleaded guilty to riot, perverting the course of justice and arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered. He was handed a 12 year sentence.
  • Antany Edwards, 23, of Noel Street, Hyson Green – on 17 April pleaded guilty to riot. He was jailed for three years and nine months.
  • Ashton Alexander, 19, of Radford Road, New Basford – on 17 April pleaded guilty to riot. He was sentenced to four years.
  • Harrison McCalla, 21, of Carlswark Gardens, Top Valley – on 17 April pleaded guilty to riot. He received a four-and-a-half year sentence.
  • Lucas Stapleton, 18, of Dulwich Road, Radford – on 17 April pleaded guilty to riot. He was jailed for two years and nine months.
  • Ricardo Cotteral, 23, of Basford Road, Basford – on 18 April pleaded guilty to violent disorder. He was handed a three-year sentence.
  • Bobby Muers, 18, of Caunton Avenue, St Ann’s – on 19 April pleaded guilty to violent disorder. He was jailed for 15 months.
  • Marcus Wynter, 16, of Leeroy Wallace Avenue, Radford - on 16 April pleaded guilty to violent disorder. He was sentenced to four months.
  • Kaiden Howell, 16, of Eccles Way, St Ann’s – on 16 April pleaded guilty to violent disorder. He was jailed for six months.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, will be sentenced at a later date pending reports.

Six other defendants had already pleaded guilty to riot while four others admitted taking part in violent disorder. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A number of petrol bombs were thrown by a large group of people, intent on setting Canning Circus police station on fire just before 10pm on 9 August 2011.

Petrol bombs were thrown at other passing vehicles, including a bus. A number of vehicles, some parked and others which were stationary at traffic lights, were also damaged by the group as they travelled to and from the police station.

“The sentences handed out to these individuals reflect the severity of what they did last August.

“They joined together, armed with weapons, sticks and petrol bombs, with the common intention of targeting Canning Circus police station. They spared no thought for the officers inside or the potentially fatal consequences that could have occurred if the fire had taken hold."

“I am pleased to see that justice has been served and I hope that the sentences issued today will give those who were intent on being part of the riot plenty of time to think about what they did.”

– DCI Rob Griffin

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