Prison for rioters who shot at police helicopter


Six men have been sent to prison for attacking police as they tried to deal with last summer’s riots. The armed rioters fired shots at a police helicopter during the incident last August in Birmingham. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard that the rioters had set fire to a pub to lure the police to the scene before attacking them.
After a five week trial, Nicholas Francis, 26, Tyrone Laidley,20, Renardo Farrell,20, Wayne Collins, 25, and Jermaine Lewis,27, were found guilty of riot, possessing firearms and reckless arson.
Francis, from Great Barr, was sentenced to 30 years in prison; Laidley, from Nechells, was jailed for 23 years; Lewis, from Oldbury, was handed a 23-year sentence; and Luton man Collins and Farrell, from Nechells, were both imprisoned for 18 years.
In an unusual step, the judge allowed a youth offender  to be named. Amirul Rahman  a 17-year-old from Aston  was jailed for 12 years for riot and possession of a firearm.

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