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London riots: Teen first to be charged with 'riot' offence

A teenager has been charged with the offence of "riot" - the first person to be charged with the offence in relation to the disorder in London last summer.

Jerome Amankwah, 19, of Rochford, Griffin Road, Tottenham, will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on 9 February.

He was charged on Tuesday, in relation to rioting on High Road, Tottenham, on 6 August, Scotland Yard said.

The offence of riot is contained in the 1986 Public Order Act.

The Act states: "Where 12 or more persons who are present together use or threaten unlawful violence for a common purpose and the conduct of them (taken together) is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety, each of the persons using unlawful violence for the common purpose is guilty of riot."

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