The riots by number
IN a city not known for serious crime problems, last year's riots were shocking for the people of Bristol.
On April 22 and 29, the area around Stokes Croft and Cheltenham Road saw scenes not witnessed on British streets since the 1980s, with police lines being pelted with missiles, and shops being looted and vandalised.
Those violent disturbances were very much a local affair, sparked by protests over the opening of a Tesco store, and an attempted eviction of a nearby squat.
The violence and looting that erupted later in the summer was part of a national picture, when the streets of St Paul's and parts of Cabot Circus mirrored the violence in Manchester, Birmingham, London and elsewhere.
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During the three riots in Bristol, and after them, 137 people were arrested. Of that group, 72 were charged or cautioned. The total custody time of all the sentences handed down amounts to 46 years of jail time.
Between both April riots, 84 arrests were made (44 from the first night of rioting, 34 from the second night, and three people were arrested twice, for their part in both events).
Of the people arrested, 44 were charged or given final warnings or cautions. Three cases were either dropped or lost at trial.
Five people were given final warnings for affray. Two were given cautions, one for assault and one for drug possession
Of the 29 dealt with by the courts prior to this week, sentences were handed down for violent disorder, affray or burglary.
The sentences were: 17 custodial sentences; three suspended sentences; three youth offender contract or referral orders; one drug referral order; three conditional discharges; one community order; one deferred sentence; one £85 fine (this was for burglary – was appealed by Crown Prosecution Service but lost). Total fines were £435.
The most serious sentences from the April riots were as follows: Benjamin Cyster, 18, seven years, six months ; David Foster, 23, four years and six months; Joseph Foster, 21, two years and six months; Stephen Farthing, 33, two years and six months; Bustamante Sweetman, 22, two years and six months (He got an additional 18 months for assaulting a PC when he breached his bail conditions); Elijah Smith, 45, two years (he also received 18 months for disorder in London, bringing a total sentence of three years to be served for both and total sentence; three years to be served for both); Patrick Besiris, 14 months for violent disorder.
Following the summer disturbance in Bristol linked to the national riots, 52 people were arrested. Of those, 27 were either given a final warning or sent to court. One person is yet to be sentenced – Michael Wilson. He failed to attend Bristol Crown Court for sentencing and is now wanted
Court results: One case was discontinued by the CPS; one was found not guilty; two were fined; eight were subject to referral or rehabilitation orders; one was given an unpaid work order; two were subject to conditional discharges; two were otherwise disposed (arrest for breach of bail therefore no separate penalty); eight were sent to prison, for a total of just over 12 years
They are: Dean Draper, 23, given 16 months imprisonment for Gloucester Road burglaries x3; Evelyn Lawrence, 18, ten months for Gloucester Road burglaries x3; Sean Mooney, 30, 32 months for burglary (separate dwelling break-in also included in sentence); Mark Henderson, 20, 28 months for burglary/violent disorder; Richard Goudou 19, 22 months for burglary (various related/unrelated public order offences dealt with at same time); Michael Coffey, 48, 12 months for violent disorder; Norman Watson 29, 16 months for burglary – has now been released from prison; Alex Craven, 17, 12 months for possession of bladed article – has now been released from prison