Joseph Binney jailed for violent disorder at protest

Joseph Binney
Image caption Joseph Binney was sentenced to two years in prison

A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for violent disorder after a protest march.

Joseph Binney, 22, from The Roundway in Hull, was convicted last month over disturbances after the Trades Union Congress protest in London in March.

He was also jailed for three months - to run concurrently - after admitting criminal damage to the rail network.

He had painted graffiti on carriages across the north of England and London Underground in 2009 and 2010.

He had admitted eight counts at a previous hearing.

In a trial in October, Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court heard he was involved in attacks on police vehicles, banks and a car showroom following the protest in London.

The court heard Binney's palm print was discovered on the inner door of a Santander bank branch in Piccadilly after it came under attack from a mob.

Railway vandalism

Binney had travelled from Hull to London on a coach to take part in the protest on 26 March.

He claimed he did not take part in the disorder and had tried to leave the area twice but had been unable to do so because of police action.

Judge Paul Dogson described graffiti as the "the selfish activities of those that think this is art".

In reality, graffiti "disfigured the landscape", the judge said.

Binney was originally arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) officers in June 2010 after he was spotted spray painting railway arches near the Corn Exchange in Leeds and handed a caution.

A BTP specialist further investigated Binney's graffiti and movements and was able to link him with a number of additional crimes across the railway network, leading to him being re-arrested in August 2010.

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