Riots Firebomb Trial

The trial is underway of eight people accused of rioting in Nottingham last summer on the night Nottingham's Canning Circus police Station was firebombed.

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Police reaction to Nottingham riot verdicts

DCI Rob Griffin from Nottinghamshire Police who led the investigation said:

“This group joined together with the common purpose of attacking Canning Circus police station. It is likely they had heard about disturbances across the country in the days leading up to 9 August, including an attack on St Ann’s police station the previous night.

“The group planned to meet up armed with weapons, sticks, and bottles filled with petrol with every intention of setting the police station alight, regardless of who was inside and the potential danger it put them in.

“The whole attack was filmed by a witness on a mobile phone and several members of the public called the control room, both fearful for their own safety and to report sightings of the group in possession of lit bottles.

“The offenders’ complete lack of regard for authority is evident as they walked calmly away from the scene, in some cases approaching people’s cars and causing further damage.

“The quick police response on the ground following the attack on Canning Circus and the willingness from members of the public to give evidence in court played a significant part in seeing those who were intent on being part of a riot jailed.”

– DCI Rob Griffin, Nottinghamshire Police


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