Three jailed for attacking police van during Nottingham 'riots'
THREE men who were involved in last summer's outbreaks of violent disorder in Nottingham have been jailed for a total of eight years.
Perry Atherton and Frazer Giscombe were sentenced to three years each at Nottingham Crown Court.
Co-accused Ricky Hudson got two years yesterday.
The men were arrested after a police van was bombarded with bricks, rocks and wood in Peel Street on August 9.
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A group of 8-10, some wearing disguises and dark clothes, scattered as police moved in to arrest them.
Atherton, Giscombe and Hudson were caught and charged with violent disorder.
Judge Michael Stokes QC said the sentences marked the gravity of what happened and were to act as a deterrent.
The judge said Nottingham did not fair as badly as some other larger cities during August "That was because the police in Nottinghamshire used a strategy to draw those minded to engage in misbehaviour towards themselves, thereby protecting businesses, homes and other properties."
But he said: "There were incidents where large numbers of many young people gathered wearing disguises, face coverings and the like, and attacks were made, principally on the police."
Forty vehicles were damaged in Nottingham and police foiled an attempt to break into the Victoria Centre.
The judge said: "One senior officer noted the violence in Nottingham was motivated by the London riots."
Atherton, 21, of Woodborough Road, Mapperley, and Giscombe, 22, of Perry Road, Sherwood, ran up Peel Street pursued by officers during the disturbance. They were chased into Birkland Avenue, North Sherwood Street and Mansfield Road before being arrested.
Atherton told police he had gone out for a walk and had not been involved in any disorder.
He said he had run off because he feared being arrested for something he hadn't done. Giscombe said he was there but denied causing trouble.
They pleaded not guilty but were convicted by a jury of violent disorder. Hudson, 28, of Anstey Rise, Sneinton, had previously pleaded guilty.
Adrian Reynolds, for Hudson, said he had been in custody for 186 days.
Of the incident, Mr Reynolds said: "He doesn't accept he in fact threw anything."
He said Hudson had convictions for violence some years ago.
This was his first experience of custody and he had used his time constructively doing various courses.