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UK News Five sentenced over roles in Bristol 'Kill the Bill' riot

01:30  31 july  2021
01:30  31 july  2021 Source:   news.sky.com

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Four men have been jailed for rioting and a woman has been jailed for urinating on police officers, following a Kill the Bill protest in Bristol . Hundreds descended on Bridewell Police Station on 21 March, where protesters smashed windows and torched vehicles. Schneider had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of outraging public decency for urinating on police officers' feet and was taken down to the cells in tears. Adamson, Lloyd, Quinn and Simmonds all admitted one count of riot at earlier hearings. Lloyd was jailed for three years and 11 months, while Adamson will serve three years

The Bristol riots refer to a number of significant riots in the city of Bristol in England. In 1794 the populace of Bristol were said to be "apt to collect in mobs on the slightest occasions

Five people have been sentenced for their part in a Bristol riot in March this year.

Crowds descended on Bridewell police station in March © PA Crowds descended on Bridewell police station in March

Unrest broke out following a peaceful "Kill the Bill" march, which ended with 44 police officers injured and at least £212,000 of damage to police property.

Protesters set fire to police vehicles outside and smashed the windows of Bridewell police station.

Kane Adamson, Brandon Lloyd, Kain Simmons and Stuart Quinn had previously admitted to being part of a group which used or threatened violence outside the building on 21 March.

a group of people posing for the camera: Top row (left to right): Brandon Lloyd, Kain Simmonds and Kane Adamson. Bottom row: Stuart Quinn and Yasmin Schneider. Pic: Avon and Somerset Police © Other Top row (left to right): Brandon Lloyd, Kain Simmonds and Kane Adamson. Bottom row: Stuart Quinn and Yasmin Schneider. Pic: Avon and Somerset Police

Yasmin Schneider admitted two counts of outraging public decency.

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Riot cops used shields to push back thousands of booing demonstrators who threw the fireworks along with bottles and eggs at police on the third night of chaos in less than a week. The latest riot saw 10 people arrested. One of the detained rioters has since been issued a fixed penalty notice while the The protests have been held in Bristol over the past week, protesting against the Government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - with 24 people now arrested in total. And during Friday's demonstrations protesters could be heard chanting "ten years for protest, five years for rape" and

The bill — which covers England and Wales — introduces harsher penalties for serious crimes, ends a policy of early prison release for some offenders and prevents unauthorized encampments, among other sweeping measures. The bill also makes it possible for those who damage memorials to be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. That provision comes months after a statue commemorating a slave trader, Edward Colston, was toppled in Bristol last year during a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

Bristol Crown Court heard that, as around 500 people descended on the police station, some officers feared they could be killed.

a dog sitting in front of a window: A protester kicked a window at the police station © PA A protester kicked a window at the police station

And Avon and Somerset Police chief superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said the riot was "nothing short of reprehensible".

• Adamson, 21, of Lockleaze, Bristol was jailed for three years and six months for throwing things at officers, as well as threatening and attacking their shields.

• Lloyd, 21, of Henbury, Bristol, was jailed for three years and 11 months for pushing and kicking officers' shields, kicking a constable and kicking windows of the police station.

• Simmonds, 18, from Springfield, Birmingham, was sentenced to three years and three months at a young offenders' institution for kicking police shields and the windows of the station, and for using a baton to beat a police van.

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The Kill the Bill protest in Bristol turned into a riot as darkness began to fall. Police promised 'the biggest appeals for wanted suspects that we've ever done'. Do you know anyone involved in the riots ? E-mail: tips@dailymail.com. A rogues' gallery of up to 500 people wanted in connection with the Kill the Bill riots in Bristol has been drawn up by police after their own force was besieged by violent protests - as professional anarchists' links to the riot have emerged. Detectives are hunting what they believe to be a 'hardcore of serious criminals' who infiltrated 3,000 legitimate demonstrators protesting

Riot police in full protective gear formed a barricade in front of the station, but the officers didn't engage with the protesters at all. They stood by as their shields and vans were daubed with graffiti - some of it profane and some of it hostile towards the police themselves and Home Secretary Priti Patel. image captionGraffiti was daubed on police vehicles and fireworks thrown. Campaigners have staged a string of protests against the bill , which would give the police more powers to deal with non-violent demonstrations. Many attendees in Bristol wore face masks and carried placards with slogans such

a group of people standing outside of a food truck: Graffiti pictured on a police van © Reuters Graffiti pictured on a police van

• Quinn, 46, of St Paul's, Bristol, was jailed for three years and three months for throwing things at the police station, and damaging a police van.

a display in a store window: At least £212,000 of damage was caused © Sky News Screen Grab At least £212,000 of damage was caused

• Schneider, 25 of St Paul's, Bristol, was jailed for five months for urinating at the feet of an officer.

Ch Supt Belafonte said: "The sustained violence, the likes of which we have not seen in this city or even the country for many years, had absolutely nothing to do with any protest.

a close up of a street: A placard left on a city street following the protests © Sky News Screen Grab A placard left on a city street following the protests

"Dozens of people came together and acted as a mob to attack and injure police officers, set fire to police vehicles and damage a neighbourhood police station."

The protests that day had started in opposition to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, a proposed law which includes extending police powers against protesters.

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There appeared to be over 10,000 people at the rally, which was held in a crowded Parliament Square. For comparison, nearby Trafalgar Square is able to hold 20,000 people when full. A small group of around 50-100 protesters in London began to block roads around Parliament Square and chanted A woman can be seen holding what appears to be a sharpened piece of wood during the Kill the Bill protest in central London. Demonstrators walk on a motorway during a ' Kill the Bill ' protest in Bristol this evening. Avon and Somerset Police said that part of the M32 motorway has been closed to traffic.

BORIS Johnson has today blasted the Kill the Bill "mob" as police arrested 10 protesters following the violent and dramatic clashes in Bristol last night. Riot cops used shields to push back thousands of booing demonstrators who threw the fireworks along with bottles and eggs at police on the third night The protests have been held in Bristol over the past week, protesting against the Government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill . And during Friday's demonstrations protesters could be heard chanting "ten years for protest, five years for rape" and "justice for Sarah", referring to the recent

But the march turned violent - so far 75 people have been arrested and 29 charged - including the five sentenced on Friday.

Tens of thousands of hours of footage has been pored over by investigators as they tried to establish what happened that evening.

Tony Henley, secretary of Avon and Somerset Police Federation, said: "These people were not protesting a cause. They were thugs intent on causing damage and hurting our brave colleagues.

"Forty-four police officers were assaulted that night. It pains us to say some officers thought they would die in the violence and we are fortunate that the physical injuries were not worse than they were.

"Officers were struck, spat on, kicked and punched - some whilst defenceless on the ground. Let that sink in. It's utterly disgusting - they do not deserve to be treated that way."

Ch Supt Belafonte added: "Many of the officers and staff on duty that night will never forget what happened.

"The physical wounds may have healed but the psychological ones may take longer and we continue to make support available to all those who need it."

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