Eight on trial over petrol bomb attack in Nottingham

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Media captionThe police station was attacked during disturbances in August

Eight people have gone on trial at Nottingham Crown Court accused of rioting after a police station was petrol bombed.

The jury heard that six men and two teenagers were part of a group which hurled lit petrol bombs at Canning Circus police station in Nottingham.

The eight defendants all deny charges of riot and violent disorder.

Nine other men have already admitted taking part in the disturbances on 9 August, the jury was told.

Mobile phone footage was shown to a jury who heard how orders were shouted to blow the building up.

The prosecution described it as terrifying and thuggish hooliganism.

The jury heard how up to 50 young men surged towards the police station, vandalising cars with baseball bats and knives.

One witness described it as being like a war zone.

The defendants are Lance Francis, 25, of no fixed abode, Callum Joseph Powell, 20, from Top Valley, Shaundrie Riccardo Robinson, 22, from Hyson Green, Gregory Hensley Coleman, 20, from Broxtowe, Roxwell Yeboah, 34, from Radford, and Bobby Muers, 18, from St Ann's.

Two youths, aged 16 and 17, cannot be named for legal reasons.

The trial is expected to last a month.

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