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CPS statement on London disorder sentences

08/08/2012

Sixteen people were sentenced today at Inner London Crown Court for crimes committed on the evening of 8 August 2011 in the Queensway and Notting Hill areas of London during last year’s London disorder.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "Sixteen people were today sentenced in what was one of the most overt campaigns of violent disorder, burglary, robbery and assault seen during the London disorder of last August.

"This was not a chance meeting of youths bent on causing disorder, but was, to a degree, a planned campaign between youths known to each other through local gangs. Their actions terrified innocent members of the public and they left a trail of destruction in their path. In one incident, restaurant workers confronted them and they left soon after.

"It is a year on from the London disorder and, working very closely with the police, CPS London has now successfully prosecuted nearly 2,000 people for their criminal actions during those three days. The specialist team we set up in the wake of the disorder will continue to prepare strong cases to put before the courts for as long as the police continue to identify and arrest suspects, which will ensure that as many as those responsible for the London disorder are brought to justice as possible."

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