Nottinghamshire police chief rejects 'riot' label

The unrest in Nottingham in August that saw five police stations attacked was not a "riot" but a disturbance, the city's top police officer says.

Chief Constable Julia Hodson told a House of Commons select committee that describing the attacks as a riot would damage the city's reputation.

Ms Hodson said it was more accurate to describe it as a "violent disturbance".

She told MPs that just two properties were burgled and damage to five police stations was "minor" .

About 70% of 125 people arrested after the disorder in Nottingham had previous convictions, the Ministry of Justice said.

Petrol bombs

The 64 people who have appeared in court so far were all under 40.

A group of up to 40 people attacked Canning Circus police station in Nottingham city centre on 9 August with petrol bombs. Two other police stations were also attacked with petrol bombs.

Fifteen people have already been charged with arson with intent and violent disorder in connection with the attack.

Senior officers said in the majority of cases of disorder in Nottingham, fewer than 12 people took part.

Ms Hodson told the Commons committee that the force had been prepared and responded effectively.

She said policing the disorder had cost the force an extra £1.2m and at a time of cuts to police budgets she called on the government to meet those costs.

Police stations in The Meadows, Bulwell, St Ann's and Oxclose were targeted along with the Canning Circus station.

A crowd of about 30 people attacked houses and cars in the St Ann's area on 8 August.

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