Vi­o­lent ravers sen­tenced


Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News -

WEST Lon­don yobs were who were among a crowd that pelted po­lice with glass bot­tles, bricks and build­ing de­bris at an il­le­gal rave have been found guilty of vi­o­lent dis­or­der.

Jor­dan Gharib, of Whit­tle­sea Road in Har­row, was con­victed at Snares­brook Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 15 of vi­o­lent dis­or­der af­ter the shock­ing scenes at a rave on June 18, 2016.

Also locked up for the same of­fence was Conna Crozier, 20, of San­dal­wood Road in Feltham, while Sacha Taieb, 20, of Kew Road in Rich­mond and 19-year-old Is­raele Registe of no fixed ad­dress, were both given sus­pended sen­tences at the same court on July 17.

The court heard how po­lice of­fi­cers came un­der a “sus­tained at­tack” from a group who launched the glass bot­tles, bricks and build­ing de­bris at them.

The Met said more than 30 of­fi­cers were as­saulted, and eight male of­fi­cers and one fe­male of­fi­cer were se­ri­ously in­jured by the de­bris, in­clud­ing one whose face was cut deeply.

Heavy dam­age was also caused to ve­hi­cles and prop­erty in the area.

The vi­o­lent scenes had come af­ter the Met were called to the rave in Thames Road, Bark­ing, at 9.45pm to re­ports of a large num­ber of peo­ple gather­ing for the un­li­censed event.

When po­lice sent of­fi­cers, Ter­ri­to­rial Sup­port Group of­fi­cers and a dog unit to the scene, they found 1,000 peo­ple in­side the venue and 1,000 more out­side.

They said the venue had been cov­ered in graf­fiti and the doors and gates dam­aged. Of­fi­cers man­aged to stop the rave, and the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple at­tend­ing dis­persed into Thames Road. It was then that the of­fi­cers came un­der at­tack from the group in­clud­ing the four men who would later be con­victed of vi­o­lent dis­or­der.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Matthew Hear­ing, of the Met’s Pub­lic Or­der In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit, said: “These men were in­volved in an il­le­gal event which left streets, ve­hi­cles and build­ings se­verely dam­aged.

“Their vi­o­lent crim­i­nal be­hav­iour caused a num­ber of peo­ple to be in­jured. They showed no re­gard for the wel­fare of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, oth­ers at­tend­ing the rave or the po­lice, and were in­tent on in­jur­ing of­fi­cers go­ing about their du­ties.

“This be­hav­iour is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and left an en­tire com­mu­nity shocked. This in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows we will iden­tify and bring to jus­tice those who are in­tent on in­cit­ing vi­o­lence and caus­ing harm at this kind of il­le­gal event.

“I would like to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses in the area for their co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port through­out the course of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Gharib was jailed for a year and nine months, while Crozier got a year and six months. Taieb and Registe were both given a year and 10 months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for two years and 180 hours of un­paid work.


Jor­dan Gharib, Sacha Taieb, Is­raele Registe and Conna Crozier have been given prison sen­tences

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