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Six jailed over murder case riot
Matthew New, Michael Vickery and Luke Rockley
The damage caused by the rioters was estimated at 10,000
Six people who took part in a riot on a housing estate triggered by the outcome of a murder trial have been jailed after admitting violent disorder.

Cars were set on fire and up to 30 people went on the rampage on 1 July in Nottingham after three men began prison sentences for plotting two murders.

John Stirland, 51, and his wife Joan, 55, were executed at their bungalow in Trusthorpe, Lincolnshire, in 2004.

Two teenage girls, aged 15 and 17, were also given two-year supervision orders.

The ringleader Matthew New, 23, from Bestwood, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

'Quite disgraceful'

New's co-conspirator, a 34-year-old woman who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a 15-month sentence.

Accomplices Michael Vickery, 19, of Arnold Road, Bestwood, and Luke Rockley, 19, of Arnold Road, Bestwood, were jailed for 10 and eight months respectively.

Two teenage boys, aged 16 and 17, were each given detention and training orders of eight months.

Michael Collins, 26, of Raymede Drive, Bestwood, has denied the charges and will face trial on a date to be fixed.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Stokes QC described the riot as "a quite disgraceful and prolonged episode of violent disorder".

'No hiding place'

"This behaviour simply cannot be tolerated. We do not have riots in this country where cars are set on fire and barricades are built, whatever point it was supposed to make," he added.

Prosecutor Stuart Rafferty told the court the rioting group were caught on camera ripping up fences, knocking down walls and building barricades across Raymede Drive, causing damage estimated at 10,000.

"It is perfectly plain that the overriding motive of those who took part was to make public their displeasure at the recent conviction of the men for conspiracy to murder and the very lengthy imprisonment they were ordered to serve," Mr Rafferty said.

After the sentencing, Ch Insp Mick Windmill-Jones, from Nottinghamshire Police, said inquiries were continuing to identify other rioters captured on film.

"There is no hiding place," he said.

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