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Solihull magistrates sit overnight to deal with rioters

LOOTERS and rioters involved in Birmingham’s disorder this week were dealt with by Solihull Magistrates at a special overnight court on Wednesday (August 10).

LOOTERS and rioters involved in Birmingham’s disorder this week were dealt with by Solihull Magistrates at a special overnight court on Wednesday (August 10).

The unprecedented move saw District Judge Nigel Cadbury in session from 8pm through to 6am the following morning.

Around 28 people in custody were fast tracked through the system mainly from the Birmingham and Wolverhampton areas.

Chief Superintendent Phil Kay said: “This is a first for the West Midlands and has given us the opportunity to put before the courts the prisoners involved in the disorder in a really timely manner which helps speed up the judicial process.”

The majority of those dealt with have been charged with burglary at shop premises and violent disorder and arson.

A clerk said it was likely more cases would be heard overnight on Thursday but that the ‘situation was fluid’.

 

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