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Gang jailed for shooting at police during UK riots

Publish date: 11 June 2012
Issue Number: 3053
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Criminal

A gang that lured police to a pub at the height of last summer's UK riots before opening fire on officers and even the force helicopter has been given sentences of up to 30 years.

According to a report in The Guardian, more than 40 men, mostly wearing masks or hoods, firebombed the Bartons Arms pub in Aston as the civil unrest spread from London to Birmingham in August last year. Birmingham Crown Court heard that the gang attacked the pub to draw police into the area and once officers arrived fired at least 12 shots from at least four handguns both at officers and at the police helicopter in what the judge described as a concerted and potentially catastrophic attack. 'The purpose of all this was not to loot or to steal,' said Judge William Davis. 'Nor was it mindless vandalism. The purpose, the common purpose, was to behave in such a way that the police would come to the scene and then to attack the police.' Full report in The Guardian