No day of rest for courts

Birmingham Magistrates Court sat through Sunday for the first time, to deal with  people accused of looting and rioting in the recent city centre disorder.
48 people were remanded in custody, five convicted and sentenced and 15 bailed with conditions.
In a statement issued yesterday, Chief Constable Chris Sims said: “Sentencing is justifiably harsh but we must not at this time abandon all compassion for some of our very damaged young people who have been caught up in these incidents.”


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