Bristol disturbances: Teenager detained for carrying knife

A Bristol teenager has been sentenced to 12-months detention after he was found carrying a knife during Bristol's disturbances.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was searched on Wednesday morning by police.

He was carrying a kitchen knife with a 5ins (13cm) blade during the second night of disorder in the city.

The boy admitted a charge of possessing a bladed article when he appeared at Bristol Youth Court.

He was told he would serve six months in a young offenders institution and six months on licence.

'Armed yourself'

The court heard the boy was searched on Cheltenham Road in St Pauls at about 01:10 BST on Wednesday and told police that he had been given the knife by a friend to prepare his food.

John Stokes, representing the boy, said he had not been involved in any disturbances and "it was not his intention to get involved".

But Judge David Parsons rejected this notion and said that against the background of the disorder in Bristol, the boy had armed himself with a knife and "roamed the streets in the early hours of the following morning".

He said: "You covered your face to evade detection. You committed a serious offence."

Since the disorder began in Bristol on Monday, 32 people have been arrested on suspicion of various offences including violent disorder and criminal damage.

There was smaller scale disorder in the city on Tuesday night.

The disturbances followed rioting in London which began on Saturday after a peaceful protest over the fatal shooting by police of a man in Tottenham.

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