Man charged over ‘homemade spear’ at ‘Kill the Bill’ riot in Bristol

April RoachTue, 23 March 2021, 10:08 pm

<p>Riot police move down Rupert Street in Bristol towards protesters</p> (PA Wire)
Riot police move down Rupert Street in Bristol towards protesters(PA Wire)

A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with carrying a homemade spear on the night of the riot that followed the “Kill the Bill” protests.

A police station was attacked, 21 officers injured and vehicles set alight as violence erupted in Bristol city centre on Sunday evening.

Avon and Somerset Police has released the 10 images of suspects they wish to trace in connection with the disorder.

Bradley Edmonds, from the Bedminster Down area of Bristol, appeared before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with possessing a sharpened homemade spear.

Mr Edmonds pleaded not guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and he is next due to appear at the same court on June 10.

The 28-year-old admitted a separate charge of sending a menacing message on March 13 to a man he believed had stolen his wallet, The Sun repoted.

He was sentenced to six weeks behind bars.

Around 3,000 people attended the peaceful demonstration on College Green but events turned violent after around 500 people descended on the New Bridewell police station.

Detective Chief Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said: “The investigation into Sunday’s disgraceful scenes of violence will undoubtedly be one of the largest in Avon and Somerset Police’s history.

“More than 100 officers and staff continue to work on the inquiry which is being led by our major crime investigation team.

“Hundreds of hours of digital material has already been reviewed and images of the first 10 people detectives want to talk to about Sunday’s events have been identified.

“Officers and staff are working their way through images and footage as quickly as they can but with more than two terabytes worth of CCTV footage as well as nearly 100 officers’ body worn video cameras and more than 100 videos already sent in by members of the public to review, this will take a considerable amount of time.

“We expect to release images of many more people in the coming days and ask anyone who recognises anyone to contact us.”


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