Courts hear more cases of stone throwing and looting as East End meeting debates riot causes

Hackney on August 8. Pic: Belinda Otas

A teenager whose aunt is a police officer was among a large group of youths who pelted police with stones during rioting in Hackney last week, it was claimed in court.

The case was one of many involving alleged rioters and looters around the EastLondonlines area which are now being processed by magistrates.

In other developments, police have given bail to two men being questioned about the murder of a man during the Croydon rioting, while community groups in Tower Hamlets gathered last night to discuss the disturbances.

The 17-year-old north London teenager, whose aunt is a serving officer in the Metropolitan Police, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court charged with attacking officers in Hackney on August 8.

The boy, who cannot be named, was said to be with two accomplices, in a group of 200 youths who pelted police with missiles and fought with them on Clarence Road.

He and his co-accused, Ramzi Abdul-Hamid and Joshua Owens, both 20 and respectively of Monteagle Way and Pembury Estate, Hackney, were charged with violent disorder.

The trio were denied bail and will re-appear on August 22 for a second bail application.

In other hearings, Raymond Graham, 30, wept and pleaded with the court for leniency after being remanded for admitting handling two stolen televisions.

Graham, of Hogarth Crescent, Croydon, who has five previous convictions including possession with intent to supply drugs, said he was going to use the televisions to settle debts with a man he owed money.

Mother-of-two, Wendy Brown, 38, of Blondin Street, London, E3, will appear again at Highbury magistrates on August 19. She was remanded after denying stealing £2,000 worth of coats from a Burberry store in Chatham Place, E9, on August 8.

Scotland Yard said that two men, aged 26 and 27, who were arrested over the weekend in connection with the murder of Trevor Ellis, who was shot in a car in Croydon on August 8, had been released on bail until September. Several other men have also been questioned and released on bail.

The meeting in Bethnal Green, entitled ‘Why our kids deserve a better future,’ was organised by Hoops, a campaign group against public service cuts in Tower Hamlets, which also helped organise Saturday’s march through Dalston and Tottenham.

The group said: “This is an opportunity for people to debate why the riots arose and the underlining problems in the country that drove young people onto the streets. It is also about turning raw anger into concrete demands for change.”





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