1,600 held, 796 in court over riots

Police across the country have now made 1,600 arrests and 796 people have appeared in court charged in connection with riots in the UK, the British Ministry of Justice said.

1,600 held, 796 in court over riots

Police across the country have now made 1,600 arrests and 796 people have appeared in court charged in connection with riots in the UK, the British Ministry of Justice said.

In cases where the age of the defendant is known, 83%, or 576, are adults and 17%, or 122, are under 18.

Two-thirds of those who have come before magistrates have been remanded in custody and a large number have been sent to Crown Courts, which have powers to hand down prison sentences of longer than six months.

The majority of charges relate to burglary, theft, handling stolen goods, violence and violent disorder.

The Ministry of Justice said in a statement: “There has been enormous effort using unprecedented measures across the criminal justice system to ensure individuals committing these appalling crimes are brought to justice swiftly and effectively.

“Individuals have been arrested, processed, and appeared before the courts the same day, thanks to courts and prisons running through the night.

“We will continue to work closely with police, Crown Prosecution Service, court service and prisons to ensure those responsible are brought to justice swiftly.

“We have enough prison places for those that are sentenced to custody after these incidents. There is substantial capacity in the prison and youth justice system.”

Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said: “I congratulate courts, prisons, probation, youth and emergency services for the difficult work they are doing.

“Yesterday and today I met court staff and judges who had worked 30 hours straight.

“I am very grateful for all their hard work and impressed at the cohesion and spirit between the teams who are working so closely together to deliver speedy results and would again like to extend my thanks to all those involved.

“We will continue to provide all necessary support to the police to ensure anyone involved in this kind of criminal activity is brought to justice as swiftly as possible."

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox