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CPS statement on sentences at Birmingham Crown Court arising out of disorder


Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands, Harry Ireland, said:

"Many in our community have suffered at the hands of those responsible for the recent disorder in our city. Law-abiding people were made to fear leaving their homes. Local businesses were ransacked. And today, some of the opportunists who turned on their neighbours have learned that such behaviour is intolerable and carries with it serious consequences. This is so even where, to date, those who have indulged in such appalling behaviour have never come to the court's attention previously.

"We have seen the lives of many blighted by these events, none more so than the parents, relatives and friends of the three young men who died in Winson Green. Those who cared for them have been forever and tragically changed by a brutal act of violence.

"To have cases reach a conclusion so soon after the disorder has required close co-operation between the Crown Prosecution Service, the police and the courts. We have all worked tirelessly to gather and present the evidence that persuaded these defendants to plead guilty at the first opportunity.

"Everyone can have confidence that our work to deliver justice effectively and without delay will continue. Anyone arrested will be treated fairly and consistently, and if there is sufficient evidence to charge then we will do so and they will answer for their actions just as the defendants today have."