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London riots: Richard Bezzina and Steven Frear jailed

Scenes of violence during the riot in Hackney, east London, on 8 August
Image caption Bezzina was jailed for violent disorder on Monday 8 August, when a riot took place in Hackney

The first two people to be sentenced in a crown court over this month's riots in London have both been sent to jail.

Richard Bezzina, 43, received 20 months in prison for violent disorder on 8 August in Hackney, east London.

Steven Frear, who also appeared at Wood Green Crown Court, was given six weeks for possessing an offensive weapon on 10 August in Enfield, north London.

Magistrates have been passing some cases to crown courts, which can impose tougher penalties after conviction.

Bezzina had pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates' Court in Bow, east London on 13 August, while the previous day Frear had admitted the charge against him at Enfield Magistrates' Court.

A total of 1,952 people have been arrested over the trouble in London, of whom 1,115 - or 57% - have been charged.