Watch: Woman guilty of arson after pushing bin into burning police car during ‘Kill the Bill’ riot in Bristol

Footage showed the 26-year-old pushing a large wheelie bin into a burning police car, further fuelling the fire
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A woman has been cleared of riot, but found guilty of committing arson during the ‘Kill the Bill’ protest in Bristol last March.

Jasmine York, 26, of Brislington, was convicted by a jury today (Monday, February 7) following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

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York was shown in footage to the jury pushing a large wheelie bin into a burning police car outside Bridewell Police Station as troubled flared after an initially peaceful ‘Kill the Bill’ protest on March 21.

It was the Crown Prosecution Service’s case that the action amounted to riot - however the jury found her not guilty of this offence.

Jessica York, 26, is pictured.Jessica York, 26, is pictured.
Jessica York, 26, is pictured.

She was also found not guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered.

York will be the fourteenth person to be sentenced for taking part in the events of March 21 last year - to date, the 13 people sentenced have been jailed for a combined total of 51 years and eight months.

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Detective Superintendent James Riccio, the senior investigating officer, said: “The ugly scenes which took place outside Bridewell Police Station brought shame on the city of Bristol.

“Images of burning police vehicles were broadcast around the world and they will continue to serve as a reminder of the disorder brave police officers were faced with.

“York played a role in these scenes and will now face justice for her actions.”

York will be sentenced on March 14.

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