Bristol Kill The Bill rioter convicted of attempted arson

人, 25, who was filmed trying to set fire to police van in Kill The Bill riot in Bristol is convicted of attempted arson

  • Ryan Roberts, 25, tried to set fire to van during night of disorder in March
  • Footage showed him using piece of cardboard to try to set fire to police van
  • Bristol Crown Court heard he took a leading role in the criminality
  • A man has been convicted of attempted arson with intent to endanger life after trying to set fire to two police vans with officers inside during the ‘Kill the billriots in Bristol earlier this year.

    Ryan Roberts, 25, was caught on camera telling an officer driving one of the vans he was going to ‘go bangduring the disorder in March.

    The jury heard Roberts took a leading role in the disorder over several hours and were shown a compilation of his offending lasting 34 分钟.

    画面, made up of CCTV, mobile phone footage and officersbody worn video, showed Roberts climbing on the roof of the Bridewell Police Station and leading offensive chants about police.

    罗伯茨, 没有固定地址, was then captured throwing missiles at police officers, kicking their shields and striking one with his hand before attacking the Bridewell.

    He was later filmed on multiple occasions attempting to start a fire under the wheel arch of a police van with an officer inside telling him it was going to explode.

    Ryan Roberts, 25, has been convicted of attempted arson with intent to endanger life after trying to set fire to two police vans with officers inside during the 'Kill the bill' riots in Bristol earlier this year

    Ryan Roberts, 25, has been convicted of attempted arson with intent to endanger life after trying to set fire to two police vans with officers inside during the ‘Kill the billriots in Bristol earlier this year








    Roberts was then filmed repeatedly hitting an officer with a police baton before damaging three police vehicles, one of which he tries to roll over with others before starting a fire inside.

    The court was shown footage of Roberts holding a piece of burning cardboard under a police van, with seven officers were inside, as it reversed.

    Other video clips showing Roberts moving a bin alongside a police car before setting it alight and throwing items, including large metal fences, at police lines were played to jurors.

    Roberts was convicted of five offences, 暴动, attempted arson with intent to endanger life, attempted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, following a four day trial at Bristol Crown Court.

    He will be sentenced at a later date.

    Detective Superintendent James Riccio, the senior investigating officer, 说过: ‘Ryan Roberts played a leading role in one of the most shameful nights in Bristol’s recent history.

    Roberts was caught on camera telling an officer driving one of the vans he was going to 'go bang' during the disorder in April

    Roberts was caught on camera telling an officer driving one of the vans he was going to ‘go bangduring the disorder in April

    He was later filmed on multiple occasions attempting to start a fire under the wheel arch of a police van with an officer inside telling him it was going to explode

    He was later filmed on multiple occasions attempting to start a fire under the wheel arch of a police van with an officer inside telling him it was going to explode








    ‘He denied all the offences and blamed police for his actions but the footage we found of his involvement in the riot spoke for itself.

    ‘Not only did he repeatedly target officers physically, hitting and kicking them and throwing large objects at them, but he attempted to set fire to vehicles with officers inside.

    ‘The most horrifying aspect of this offending is that he wasn’t simply trying to burn the vehicles, he was knowingly endangering officerslives and the lives of others in the area.

    ‘These are officers who come to work every day to protect the public, they should never be assaulted and should never have to face threats or attempts on their lives.

    ‘The investigation team deserve great credit for their efforts so far in holding those involved to account for their actions and I know they won’t stop until every person identified is spoken to and every bit of evidence is assessed and if appropriate, put before the courts.

    Roberts was convicted of five offences, 暴动, attempted arson with intent to endanger life, attempted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, following a four day trial at Bristol Crown Court

    Roberts was convicted of five offences, 暴动, attempted arson with intent to endanger life, attempted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, following a four day trial at Bristol Crown Court

    Roberts was convicted of five offences, 暴动, attempted arson with intent to endanger life, attempted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, following a four day trial at Bristol Crown Court

    Roberts was convicted of five offences, 暴动, attempted arson with intent to endanger life, attempted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, following a four day trial at Bristol Crown Court

    James Le Grys, Crown Advocate for CPS, 说过: ‘Six months on, this incident remains shocking due to the levels of violence used by those who hijacked an otherwise peaceful protest.

    ‘Ryan Roberts was one of the main offenders and the violence he used extended to attempting to set light to an occupied police vehicle.

    ‘Today he’s been convicted for his part in the dreadful scenes caught on video. We’ve worked closely with the Police to deliver a coordinated response and support what has been a complex investigation.

    ‘We respect the right to legal protest but when people resort to violence and destruction we will charge offences that reflect the gravity of the criminality.

    Seven men have already been jailed for a total of 26 years and 11 months after admitting rioting in March.

    He added that criminal proceedings relating to the disorder against other defendants are ongoing and they have the right to a fair trial.

    The disorder, which followed a peaceful protest in the city, saw around 500 people march on Bridewell police station.

    The damage to the police station and vehicles cost £212,000, while the investigation to identify those responsible is the largest the force has undertaken.

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