More than half of London rioters back on streets

Nearly 700 rioters,convicted of a range of serious charges have been released from prison.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: July 30, 2012 5:17:06 pm

Over half of the criminals who were jailed after last year’s London riots are already back on the streets,it has emerged.

Nearly 700 rioters,convicted of a range of charges including violent crimes,burglary,theft and arson,have been released from prison.

The rioters,many of whom were teenagers,each took part in public disturbances throughout Britain in August 2011,with many causing havoc on London streets.

The official statistics revealed that 1,968 people were sentenced for their involvement in the riots,with 1,292 of them being jailed following the violence,The Telegraph reports.

The average sentence for those jailed by magistrates was six-and-a-half months,with those sentenced in Crown Courts reaching 19.4 months.

The paper pointed out that each could be released from prison half way through their sentences,in line with normal national guidelines.

The report has led to fears the convicted rioters will be free to take part in any future violent action.

Tory MP Andrew Percy told the Daily Mail that after the disclosures ‘people would be rightly outraged.’

“People will be rightly outraged that so many are out so soon,even before the first anniversary,” the paper quoted Percy,as saying.

“The fear will be that they may revisit their crimes this summer,” he added.

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