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Jail terms cut for city rioters
The riots caused millions of pounds worth of damage
Four men convicted for their part in the Bradford riots have had their jail terms cut by the Court of Appeal.

Mohammed Jameel Munir, Mohammed Shakeel Farraz, Mohammed Arif and Sajid Ali Akram had been given "manifestly excessive" sentences, the court heard.

All four gave themselves up after taking part in the riot in July 2001.

They were jailed in 2002 after pleading guilty to riot at Bradford Crown Court, but challenged their terms after a fellow rioter had his sentence cut.

Petrol bombs

Munir, 23, of Princeville Road, Bradford, had his four-year, nine-month term reduced to four years, while Farraz, 23, of Victoria Street, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, had his three-year, four-month sentence reduced to three years.

Arif, 28, of Leyburn Street, Manningham, Bradford, had his five-year, three-month sentence reduced to four years and nine months, while Akram, of Paley Road, East Bowling, Bradford, had a four-year term reduced to three years.

The court heard that on 7 July 2001, hundreds of Asians clashed with police as tension rose when the far right British National Party descended on the city.

At one point officers from two other forces were drafted in to help out their West Yorkshire colleagues, and stones and petrol bombs were thrown at the police.

Cars were also torched and driven at police lines, barricades were erected and a crossbow was used against officers, many of whom were injured.

Deep remorse

It was later estimated that 27m worth of damage was caused.

Mr Justice Forbes, sitting with Judge Michael Tilling, said Munir - who claimed to be looking for his younger brother - was filmed throwing a missile at police.

Farraz, of previous good character, was seen hurling a stone at police lines

He later said he was "deeply remorseful" about what he had done.

Arif, a taxi driver, was spotted throwing bricks and a bottle at officers, and also other unidentified objects.

Akram, also of previous good character, was seen throwing an empty milk bottle, but later claimed he had been targeting members of the National Front.




SEE ALSO:
Rioters 'to appeal to European Court'
31 Jul 03  |  West Yorkshire
Jail terms cut on Bradford rioters
30 Jan 03  |  England


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