Leicester

Leicestershire Police charge 33 over city disorder

Police in Leicester say 33 people have now been charged over disturbances in the city.

Of those charged, for crimes including violent disorder, burglary and possession of an offensive weapon, 10 are youths aged under 18.

On Tuesday night, gangs ran through Leicester city centre attacking shops and confronting police.

Leicestershire Police said officers would maintain a "very visible" presence throughout the weekend.

'Business as usual'

Ch Supt Rob Nixon said: "I would like to thank the public and members of the community for their help and support.

"The assistance we have received from them in mediating with various groups from their particular areas has been invaluable. The street pastors who normally work in the city centre have been on patrol and have experienced no difficulties. They will remain on duty throughout the weekend.

"Moving on to tonight, high visibility policing will continue throughout the city and county into the weekend, but I would like to stress that it is once again business as usual in the city."

Leicestershire Police added a 16-year-old arrested for breach of bail conditions had appeared at Leicester Youth Court on Wednesday.

Four men, two aged 18, one 19-year-old and a 24-year-old, were charged with robbery and appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The rest of those charged, men and women aged between 14 and 50, are due before the courts over the next month.

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