Thursday 8 December 2016

Girl (11) charged over rioting and held in jail

Alistair Keely

Published 11/08/2011 | 11:27

An 11-year-old girl has been charged with criminal damage following the disturbances in Nottingham.

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Nottinghamshire Police said 105 people have been arrested following the violence in the city and 46 people have so far been charged.



The 11-year-old girl has also been charged with attempted criminal damage and has been remanded in custody, a police spokesman said.



Three 14-year-old boys have also been charged with violent disorder.



The city enjoyed a trouble-free night with no major disturbances after police imposed a zero-tolerance policy on anyone intent on causing disorder.



Nottinghamshire Police said it received no reports of significant gatherings of youths after deploying dog-handlers and the force's mounted section to back up around 800 police officers, community support officers, and special constables.



Although police dealt with a handful of incidents of criminal damage, there were only four arrests overnight, compared with 86 during the previous evening.



Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott, who commanded last night's policing operation, said: "On Monday night, there were sporadic and serious incidents of criminality.



"That night, our tactic was to repel and separate large groups of youths intent on congregating in the city and suburbs.



"On Tuesday night, we warned that our tactics would be different.



"Again we drove the hooligans back, but this time we made many arrests. We prevented widespread looting and major fires, and despite attacks on police officers, vehicles and police stations, we stood firm and demonstrated that we would not tolerate such behaviour.



"Last night, we had our strongest presence yet on the streets, lest anyone had failed to get the zero-tolerance message."



The officer added: "Whilst I'm delighted that the residents of the city could have a peaceful night's sleep, there will be no let-up in our determination to take swift and decisive action against anyone who decides to break the law and participate in the sort of mindless, yobbish wanton criminality that blighted the city on Tuesday night.



"For that reason, we will continue to have at our disposal significant numbers of officers on duty, throughout the city and elsewhere, ready to respond 24/7 for the coming days and nights."

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