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No sympathy from MP as riot ‘idiots’ are jailed


Wednesday 17th August 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)

A TORY MP says he has no sympathy for the ‘idiots’ sent to prison for looting and rioting.

Conservative Andrew Griffiths, who represents Burton and Uttoxeter, said that the public supported tough justice on those involved in disorder.

As the clean-up continues following last week’s unrest which saw rioting and looting hit towns and cities across England, two men from Warrington have been jailed for four years for inciting rioting on Facebook — even though the disorder never subsequently happened.

Concerns have been raised that sentences for convicted rioters were too severe.

However, Mr Griffiths said that the punishment was correct because of the wider impact of the disorder.

Ask a family who have had their home burned out. Or ask those who have lost their loved ones as a result of this disorder. They will tell you how serious the actions of those who incited these riots really are.“Ask a shopkeeper who has had his business ruined,” he said. “Ask a family who have had their home burned out. Or ask those who have lost their loved ones as a result of this disorder. They will tell you how serious the actions of those who incited these riots really are.

“They may well have never intended for anyone to get hurt, but the consequences of the unrest has devastated the lives of thousands across the country.

“The public want to see tough sentences and a crackdown on the idiots who caused this carnage.

“I have no sympathy for them.”

Burton and South Derbyshire escaped the wave of crime which swept across the country thanks to a high-profile police prsence with no incidents of rioting or looting reported. More than 2,770 people have been arrested nationally as a result of the unrest.

The Tory back-bencher praised CCTV for the role it had played in bringing so many people before the courts so quickly, and said that despite the opposition to cameras, they had proved vital in catching criminals.

“Everybody was shocked by the recent riots but people have been impressed by how quickly those responsible have been brought to justice,” he said.

“More than 2,000 people have now been arrested and the vast majority of those are because of CCTV.

“There are concerns about civil liberties and the ‘Big Brother’ society, but the last week is clear proof that CCTV plays a massive role in catching criminals. It keeps communities safe and it deters others from committing similar offences.

“If you turn to looting like we have seen, you will be caught on camera and you will go to prison.”

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