Nottingham police station firebomb rioter's 'hopeless' appeal

Reiss Goyan Wilson Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Reiss Goyan Wilson was also a drug dealer

A ringleader of a mob that firebombed a police station during the 2011 riots has had a "hopeless" appeal to reduce his jail sentence thrown out.

Reiss Goyan Wilson, 24, was jailed for 12 years for four offences, including the arson attack in Nottingham.

His lawyers argued the crown court judge did not take enough account of the overall effect of his jail term.

But Appeal Court judges said the term was "not excessive" in light of his "leading role" in the riot.

They decided not to add any more time to Wilson's sentence, in light of his good behaviour in prison.

Riots 'recruiter'

Lord Justice McCombe said: "We will not order that, solely because of the good progress he is making.

"But the message needs to get back that hopeless applications like this take up the valuable time of the court."

Wilson, of Beckhampton Road, Bestwood, was one of 14 people sentenced over the arson attack on Canning Circus police station in August 2011.

Petrol bombs were thrown at the building, with some petrol seeping under a door and igniting inside.

Mr Justice Spencer said the consequences could have been terrible had it not been for the swift actions of officers who extinguished the flames.

It was not clear whether Wilson threw any of the bombs, but he was a "recruiter" of others and played a leading role.

Image caption Canning Circus police station was attacked during the 2011 riots

He admitted reckless arson, riot, perverting the course of justice and being concerned in the supply of heroin, at Nottingham Crown Court in June 2012.

Wilson had previously been jailed for three years for dealing drugs.

After being released, he was arrested following an undercover police operation into drug dealing in late 2010.

Through lower level street dealers, he had sold heroin to an undercover officer 13 times during the operation.

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