Thursday, 11 August 2011

Teenagers Accused Of Taking Part in St John’s Wood Riot

Sixteen people are accused of racing through a busy restaurant, forcing customers to cover diving in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Samir Drissi, 18, of Willesden Lane, Kilburn, and Youssef El-Idrissi, 19, from Ilbert Street, Queen's Park, among the youths charged with violent disorder following the incident at St John's Wood.
City of Westminster Magistrates' Court was among 50 men stormed Le Bijou Cafe in a copy-cat looting spree which tables are tilted and dinner robbed of £ 1,200 and two mobile phones saw.
During the violent orgy, were thrown chairs and bottles were thrown before the mob tried to set fire to the restaurant.
Other men hit a car outside with a bat and tried to ignite.
The gang were eventually expelled by the brave customers.
If the police armed with Taser guns and CS gas arrived they found abandoned lighter fuel, knives, masks and gloves in the street.
Drissi El-Idrissi and appeared in court, alongside 14 other young people, including a teenage volunteer charity and a 18-year-old who is due to start university next month.
Prosecutor Becky Owen said: "Many young people in total to 50 in number, divided into two bars in the resort, while customers enjoyed refreshments.
"They were hooded, they were knives, lighter fluid and cloths to wear to ignite.
"They tried to burn stabbing of a car, but failed to do so, they tried to burn stabbing a cafe with customers, but failed to do, but also threw missiles."
None of the defendants entered pleas and many asked for bail, but all 16 were remanded in custody.
They will next appear at Highbury Magistrates' Court on August 18 to be committed to Wood Green Crown Court on 8 September.


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