Birmingham riots: Conviction and sentence appeals dismissed

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Seven men who were detained after shots were fired at police during riots have had appeals against their sentences and convictions dismissed.

Twelve shots were fired at officers and a police helicopter after a petrol bomb attack in Aston, Birmingham in 2011.

Jermaine Lewis, Nicholas Francis, Wayne Collins, Tyrone Laidley, Amirul Rehman, Beniha Laing and Wesley Gray were sentenced to between 12 and 35 years.

A High Court judge dismissed their cases at the Court of Appeal.

The seven men were among a group of 10 convicted in relation to the violence outside the Barton Arms pub in the early hours of 10 August.

'Probably unique'

Two separate trials at Birmingham Crown Court heard a fire was started at the pub before the men blockaded the nearby A34 and fired at police.

The group were all convicted of riot, reckless arson and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

Laing, 29, and Gray, 27, both of no fixed abode, were jailed for 35 years and 29 years respectively.

Francis, 26, of Thetford Road in Great Barr, received 30 years; Lewis, 27, of Summerton Road in Oldbury, and Laidley, 20, of Chadsmoor Terrace in Nechells, were given 23 years; Collins, 25, from Ouseley Close in Luton, was sentenced to 18 years; Rehman, 17, of Albert Road, Aston, received 12 years.

Three of the men were appealing against both conviction and sentence and two against conviction with an application for permission to appeal against sentence. Two others were applying for permission to appeal.

Dismissing the appeals in a written ruling, Sir Brian Leveson said the case was "probably unique in the annals of public disorder in this country in recent times".

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