Rioters Who Looted Notting Hill Restaurant Given Long Jail Sentences

Sandra Laville, Guardian (London), August 8, 2012

Rioters who rampaged across west London for four hours, attacking a lone shopkeeper and robbing diners at a Michelin-starred restaurant, have been given some of the harshest sentences for crimes committed during last August’s UK riots.

Most of the 16 young men, aged from 15 to 25, had previous convictions – many for violence. They were members of rival gangs who had put aside their differences in a plan, orchestrated via text and BBM messages, to run amok in one of the most extreme episodes of the urban disorder, inner London crown court heard on Wednesday.

Three were jailed for nine years, and one was given a seven-year term while others were jailed for six years and six-and-a-half years and three received four-year sentences. Only one rioter was given a non-custodial sentence. All but four had previous convictions, and several had breached detention or curfew orders to take part in the rioting, the court heard.

Detective Chief Inspector David Hutcheson said the police were still looking for more than 20 key figures involved in the rioting.

The full story of the violence on 8 August last year, which Judge Usha Karu said was one of the most extreme nights of the four days of urban disorder, can be told now following the end of two trials.

It involved the storming of the Ledbury restaurant in Notting Hill. In previously unseen CCTV footage 30 diners are shown diving under tables as rioters burst in, some carrying batons, and sticks and shouting for diners to get on the floor. Watches, cash, jewellery and phones were taken by rioters wielding poles, knives and baseball bats. One woman had her wedding ring pulled off her finger, and a chauffeur waiting in a Bentley outside was attacked.

The court heard that the Ladbroke Blood gang and the Lisson Green Men had put aside rivalries to plan and carry out what the judge said was “carnage”, “mayhem” and “mob criminality”.

One rioter was tackled to the ground by the TV historian Dan Snow.

A three-day sentencing hearing heard how the four-hour rampage included an attack on a shopkeeper, Mohammed Haroon, which was not previously detailed in the extensive coverage of the disorder. Haroon was beaten about the head with a looted champagne bottle by 19-year-old Kalen Hinds in an attack caught on CCTV inside the Super Save shop on Westbourne Park Road.

In the footage, which can only now be shown, Haroon cowers in the corner of the shop, surrounded by masked youths. Hinds can be seen battering him about the head with the bottle.

“They hit me so many times I was very scared,” Haroon told Channel 4 News. “I think they were trying to kill me. After that attack I became dizzy and left the shop. I went out and called the police. The police didn’t pick up.”

Jailing Hinds for nine years for conspiracy to burgle, conspiracy to commit violent disorder and the wounding and robbery of Haroon, Karu said the violence was “completely inexcusable”.

Sentencing all 16 – the youngest of whom is a 15-year-old asylum seeker from Sudan – Karu said: “It was a year ago today that you were involved in the mayhem and mob criminality that so disturbed the law abiding public. Today, in stark contrast to those scenes of arson, looting and criminal damage London is hosting the Olympics which demonstrates the excellence that can be achieved in sport as an inspiration to all. However, those involved in these events were involved in the opposite.”

The 16 defendants were among 50 people who rampaged through west London at a time when the police were clearly outnumbered and overwhelmed, the court heard. “The evidence shows this was not a random meeting but a planned campaign between some of you who knew each other as a result of belonging to gangs and communicated with each other by mobile phone,” Karu said. “Two gangs put aside their differences in order to get together to perpetrate the serious disorder. The object was to … cause chaos, damage and to loot.”

Three of the 16 admitted taking part in the Ledbury raid: Anas Ibrahim, 17, was jailed for six years; Ahmed al-Jaf, 19, was jailed for nine years for the Ledbury raid and his part in the attack on Haroon; the 15-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker, who cannot be named, was sentenced to three years in detention.

Hutcheson said afterwards: “These are some of the most significant sentences that have been given for the rioting. These events involved members of several gangs who organised themselves via social media to cause mayhem. Hopefully these sentences will send a strong message to those involved in gangs or those contemplating involvement.”

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  • I used to dream of escaping the hordes of non-whites in the U.S. by fleeing to the U.K. Not so much these days. I hear Mars has water, right?  Not much in the way of an atmosphere or fertile land, but we’re White–we can think of something. No really. Let’s go to Mars.

    • Mars looks like it might have been ruled by Africans. Desolate, barren, and empty of all life. Oh, wait. I just described the aftermath of black rule everywhere.

    • KenelmDigby

      As Justin Hayward might have put it in Jeff Wayne’s seminal ‘War of the Worlds’ album from 1978 “The chances of Indians immigrating to Mars are a million to one each way’.

  • ….have been given some of the harshest sentences for crimes committed during last August’s UK riots.

    I stopped reading there, because I figured they got two whole years, and might actually have to serve half of that.

  • Serious sentences but not long enough. 

    • GM (Australia)

      Deportation as well as the prison time would be an even better deterrent.

  • Oil Can Harry

    What you see on that video is what blacks around the world would be doing every night if there were no police around.

  • David Ashton

      Surely just another protest against police brutality and/or racial discrimination and/or lack of something to do in the evenings and/or the benefits “crackdown” and/or the Trident submarine and/or the dustbin collections and/or the absence of local lavatories for transgendered children….  Nothing a load of government “investment” and free holidays abroad cannot cure.

    • Dr Al

      They rioted over there due to the Reagan-Bush tax cuts for the rich.

  • FedUp

    Yeah well, not all mosquitos carry the west nile virus but you are wise to take precautions against ALL mosquitos.  As far as a few white boys joining in on the ubiquitous black behavior, so what?  It’s still a black thing.  The same measures that will ultimately have to be taken against blacks should also be taken against their copycat whites at one and the same time.

    • Dr Al

      Are they white or half-breeds?

      No real white would do that, so in  my mind they are not white.

  • Ulick

    “You did notice that some of the attackers were white. The white underclasses in England have drank the hip hop kool aid. I saw a video recently of a white, british rapper boy in which the theme was rioting and looting and beating white ‘rich men.’

    Remember when after the riots the British media tried their best to hide the fact that the rioters were disproportionately minorities, and then they pilloried British historian David Starkey for sharing (without any guilt) his version of your point….

    The historian and broadcaster David Starkey has provoked a storm of criticism after claiming during a televised discussion about the riots that “the problem is that the whites have become black”.

    In an appearance on BBC2’s Newsnight, Starkey spoke of “a profound cultural change” and said he had been re-reading Enoch Powell’s rivers of blood speech.

    “His prophesy was absolutely right in one sense. The Tiber did not foam with blood but flames lambent, they wrapped around Tottenham and wrapped around Clapham,” he said.

    But it wasn’t inter-community violence. This is where he was absolutely wrong.” Gesturing towards one of the other guests, Owen Jones, who wrote Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working Classes, Starkey said: “What has happened is that a substantial section of the chavs that you wrote about have become black.”

    An outcry on Twitter began with the Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn asking the BBC: “Why was racist analysis of Starkey unchallenged?

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Sascha Baron Cohen’s hysterically funny character “Ali G” is obviously based on these would be gang-bangers, right down to the two-digit IQ.

  • Dr Al

    Why were they not deported?

  • Dr Al

    This would have been better if, before this event happened,  those elite whites in the restaurant were asked if “diversity” and multi-culturalism made London a better place.

    I  bet 100% of them would have orgasms in telling how they love the vibrancy of the youths in London.

    Then talk to them after this episode. Sadly, 95% would still embrace diversity.

  • Mail

    And when that 15 year old asylum seeker gets out of detention they will give him a free council flat and weekly benefits. The saddest thing about the video is the way the diners easily cowered and feared for their lives instead of standing up and bracing themselves to fight. Forty years of brain damaging liberal social engineering in action. They wouldn’t even fight for their own lives, they just expected someone else to show up and save them.

    • Ulick

      So true!  They saw what was happening and had a chance to prepare.  They could have picked up the knives on their tables to use as weapons, they could have smashed the glasses on their tables to use as weapons, or they could have picked up their chairs to use as weapons — all of which would likely have scared the attackers to move on to the next restaurant.  Instead they cowered in defeat.  What have white men become?

      • godzillabloggs

        The manager of a shop tried to resist when the premises were invaded. He was clubbed on the head seven times by a bottle-wielding thug.  

        • refocus

           Yes, but notice that the white cooks are the ones who easily ran the rioters off with mop handles.  And the older guy at the casino used an umbrella.

          And its true the well to do laid down and begged not to be beaten.

          • godzillabloggs

            When I was younger I used to wonder about the best way to respond to danger.  The consensus among martial arts  practitoners seemed to be that it was best to walk away from trouble or, if that was not possible, to knock or throw the  attacker off his feet then to run for it.

            All very well, but not always possible or even desirable.  What if someone else is being attacked?  Would it be right to walk away?

            I decided that I would not run the risk of being stabbed just to save my wallet.  However, If I was attacked, or saw somebody else in trouble, I would wade in with whatever weapons that were lying around.  The more vicious the attacker, the dirtier my tactics would be. The  good old Glasgow handshake was one option.

            I don’t know how that would have worked out in the restaurant.  A lot depends on who you were with. If it was wife and young children, my first priority would be to get them to safety.

      • Commenter

         Partly a class issue. If this mob (which only had one white member BTW) had tried this two miles away in a pub full of Chelsea football supporters on a matchday then some of the mob would not have survived the encounter.

  • plaintruthforidiots

    No comments allowed on the Guardian page, of course! They never are, when they’re reporting on yet another example of ‘multiculturalism’ being an abject failure. Stupid Left wing idiots.

  • godzillabloggs

    Comparing the  sentences with those handed out to muslims convicted of sexual offences against vulnerable young women may tell us something about the priorities of  our ‘lords and masters’. 

    “Akshay Kumar, 38, admitted one count of causing a person under the age of 18 to be involved in pornography and was jailed for two years and 10 months.Faisal Mehmood, 24, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child before the trial and was jailed for three years.Mohammed Imran Rehman, 26, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after being found guilty of rape”.

  • anmpr1

    In the first scene, the whites shrank back and cowered like frightened puppies.  In a later scene a white man in a business suit using an umbrella fought off a hoodlum, and the thug retreated.  Think about it.

  • A pack of wild animals going in for the kill.

    I want to believe that there’s going to be an event, a tipping point when white elites will acknowledge the problem.

    I do hope it happens. If it does, it’s going to have to get very bad and by that point, it will likely be  too late.

    The solution can only come when those in power face the facts and do something. As long as they have the power and money to insulate themselves (with the occasional breach) I only see things getting worse.

  • Commenter

     sandra. Google “London riots eltham high street”

    Hundreds of men gathered to defend the area and the place was untouched. It can be done. They were demonised as “knuckle dragging racists” etc ad nauseum, but they did the job. Take heart.

  • The__Bobster

    – the youngest of whom is a 15-year-old asylum seeker from Sudan –

    This shows you how arrogant these invaders are. They are guests in the UK and are seeking to live there, yet they behave like this and still expect to remain in the country.

  • MarcusTrajanus

     “the youngest of whom is a 15-year-old asylum seeker from Sudan” That’s gratitude for you. And will this thug be sent back home after his three years are up? I doubt it. He’ll probably be right back on the streets.

  • refocus

     People from Germany, Russia and Ukraine cannot get in here either.

  • refocus

     Get this:

    Karu said: “It was a year ago today that you were involved in the mayhem
    and mob criminality that so disturbed the law abiding public. Today, in
    stark contrast to those scenes of arson, looting and criminal damage
    London is hosting the Olympics which demonstrates the excellence that
    can be achieved in sport as an inspiration to all. However, those
    involved in these events were involved in the opposite.”

    Wow. Is that profound or what?

  • refocus

     Maybe not.

    One of the honkeys appeared as if he was too intelligent to be part of the group.

  • Mariner33

    More guns, less grime, er, crime.  If the shopkeeper were armed, like in so many states, the perp would have died of lead poisoning.  Negative reinforcement.  Take scum like this, flog them until they pass out, let them heal, and repeat.  Then make them do hard time in a POW style military camp.  Show this on television.  I guarantee you this kind of sub human conduct would be curtailed.  “Out terrorize the terrorists” -Overheard from a Panamanian minimum wage earner.

  • godzillabloggs

    It’s disappointing that nobody has yet said anything about the real scandal – the rudeness shown by diners in fleeing from the young men.  There can be only one reason -racism.  Because most of the young men were black, it was assumed that they were up to no good. That was racial-stereotyping at its very worst.

    It is conceivable  that the black kids looked angry and threatening, but what should we expect after centuries of slavery, racism and oppression.  Is it surprising that they were unable to control their righteous anger when they looked into the restaurant and saw  stark reminders  of the inequalities existing in our so-called democratic society?