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Six guilty over city race riots
Lozells clashes in 2005
Those convicted will be sentenced on a date to be fixed
Five men and a 15-year-old boy have been found guilty of criminal charges in connection with race riots which broke out in Birmingham in 2005.

The defendants had denied charges related to disturbances in the Lozells area of the city.

They were convicted of offences including riot, wounding with intent, violent disorder, robbery and racially aggravated damage to property.

A seventh defendant was cleared of riot by the jury.

Shops looted

The defendant was also cleared of alternative charges of violent disorder and affray after a six-and-a-half week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Those convicted at the trial - three of whom were cleared of attempted murder - will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

Legal restrictions were in place on reporting the identities of defendants involved in the case.

The hearing was told that the "terrifying" mob violence - much of which was captured on CCTV and on a camera fitted to a police helicopter - erupted in the Lozells area in October 2005.

During the rioting, one man was stabbed to death, several others were seriously assaulted and shops were looted.

Rioting involved youths from the black and Asian communities.

Two killed

The clashes flared following rumours, which were never substantiated, that a black girl had been raped by a gang of Asian men.

During disorder between 22 and 24 October two people were killed, several people were severely injured and there were alleged firearms offences, robberies and criminal damage.

Three men were later convicted of the murder of Isaiah Young-Sam, who was stabbed. They were sentenced to a minimum of 25 years each in jail in May 2006.

One man was sentenced in April 2006 to eight years for manslaughter after Aaron James was shot.


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