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Ryan Roberts : Bristol man who rioted at ‘kill the bill’ protest jailed for 14 years Wiki, Bio, Crime

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A protester who set fire to police vehicles during a riot that caused £ 200,000 in criminal damage after a ‘Kill the Bill’ rally was jailed for 14 years today.

Ryan Roberts led chants of ‘ACAB: All Cops Are Fucked’ outside a police station in Bristol city center on March 21 this year.

When the protest turned violent, Roberts threw cans, bottles and placard at the officers, in addition to verbally abusing and repeatedly kicking them.

The 25-year-old, who had used cocaine and drunk, smashed the windows of the Bridewell Police Station on Bridwell Street.

Roberts was caught in the film shoving burning

Roberts was caught in the film shoving burning pieces of cardboard under two police vans and placing industrial containers around an already partially burned police car and setting them on fire.

He told an officer inside one of the trucks that he would ‘explode’.

Roberts then smashed the windows of a mobile police station and encouraged the crowd to help overturn it, before turning on the taxi light while hundreds of people were nearby.

Giving evidence, Roberts (pictured above) said he got 'carried away' fighting for freedom of speech during a protest against the Government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Presenting evidence

Roberts said he got carried away by the fight for free speech during a protest against the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill.

Roberts told the court that the bill was aimed at banning peaceful protests entirely, saying the rally was about free speech.

He said the mood at the protest changed when police put on riot gear at nightfall and officers began “shoving, shoving and hitting” the crowd with shields and batons. “I was fighting for a cause that I was passionate about,” Roberts said.

Two officers

who had served in the military, described the night as “the scariest incident of their careers.” Another described the riots as “fierce, prolonged and determined violence.”

The mutiny was one of a series that took place in Bristol earlier this year with police sometimes accused of reacting with a heavy hand.

Court

The jury was told that he has 15 convictions for 27 crimes including burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, possession of cannabis, possession of a knife, and possession of amphetamines.

Matt Jackson, prosecutor, told the jury that the right to peaceful protest is a “fundamental part of our democracy.”

But he said this case was about a man who, with others acting in the same way, dangerously and violently betrayed the trust of people exercising their democratic right to protest.

Jackson told jury that on March 21 the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts bill was making its way through Parliament and a protest was held in Bristol to draw attention to concerns about it.

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Quick Facts

  • Ryan Roberts, 25, jailed for 14 years after setting police vehicles alight in Bristol 
  • He was involved in violent protests in the city after a ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstration 
  • Roberts was filmed on camera setting a police van alight in hours after protest  
  • He also threw cans, bottles and placards at officers, as well as kicking them 
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