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Nearly 2 000 London rioters convicted

2012-08-08 23:03

London - Sixteen gang members have received prison sentences ranging from 16 months to nine years for their role in Britain's riots a year ago.

The riots lasted from 7 to 10 August 2011. They were triggered by the police killing of a London gang member and swept several English cities including the capital.

Chief London prosecutor Alison Saunders says the 16 punished on Wednesday met each other through gang connections and launched "one of the most overt campaigns of violent disorder, burglary, robbery and assault seen during the London disorder".

Saunders says nearly 2 000 people have been convicted for crimes committed during the riots. Investigators are still checking surveillance footage as they try to identify other rioters.

Comments
  • Visko - 2012-08-09 00:14

    Be like America, just build more jails. It's a very lucrative business there.

  • zaatheist - 2012-08-09 05:56

    Pity we cannot emulate that conviction rate in South Africa for all the local Union and delivery rioters. How many were murdered during the security strike a few years ago and how many murderers were convicted?

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