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Six found guilty over summer riot

Six people have been found guilty of rioting last summer during which a police station was firebombed.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court convicted Lance Francis, 25, of no fixed address, of riot, arson with intent to endanger life, and perverting the course of justice.

Shaundre Robinson, 22, of Scotholme Avenue, Hyson Green; Gregory Coleman, 20, of Bells Lane, Broxtowe; Callum Powell, 20, of Jarrow Gardens, Top Valley, and two youths, aged 16 and 17 who cannot be named for legal reasons, were all convicted of riot.

Six other people had already pleaded guilty to riot at an earlier hearing, while four others admitted taking part in violent disorder.

The 16 will be sentenced together at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.

A seventh person, Roxwell Yeaboah, 34, was cleared of a charge of riot by the jury.

The trial followed arrests over an attack on Canning Circus police station just before 10pm on August 9 last year, which saw a number of petrol bombs thrown by a large group of people, intent on setting the building on fire, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Three police officers and three PCSOs were inside during the attack. No one was injured.

Petrol bombs were thrown at other passing vehicles, including a bus. A number of vehicles, some parked and others which were stationary at traffic lights, were also damaged by the group as they travelled to and from the police station.

Following the verdicts, Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin, from Nottinghamshire Police, who led the investigation, said: "This group joined together with the common purpose of attacking Canning Circus police station. It is likely they had heard about disturbances across the country in the days leading up to August 9, including an attack on St Ann's police station the previous night."

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