Bristol riots: Three men jailed after Bristol Kill the Bill riot

A further three men have been jailed for offences committed during a riot in Bristol last year. The Kill the Bill riot saw thousands of people taking to the streets of Bristol to march and then sit down outside a Bristol police station.

The protest was against a controversial Government bill that would curtail the right to protest. “Kill the Bill” campaigners are against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would give police and the Home Secretary increased powers to stop protests.

But scenes on March 21 turned ugly, with protesters letting off fireworks, throwing missiles at police, setting a police van on fire and smashing the windows of Bridewell police station.

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Gopal Clarke
(Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

Gopal Clarke, Henry Olohan and Arthur Lazarus were all sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today (December 16) after pleading guilty to crimes during the riot outside Bridewell Police Station on Sunday, March 21 2021.

A total of 26 people now have been jailed for offences committed during the riot, receiving a combined prison sentence of 85 years and one month.

Gopal Clarke, of Kingswood, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder at a previous hearing. Footage collated and examined during a police investigation showed Clarke kicking officers on several occasions, as well as throwing an object at them from close range. He also took one of their batons with the help of another member of the public.

The footage also showed the 25-year-old using a police shield to ram officers and to strike several of them on the head with force. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Henry Olohan
(Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

Olohan, 24, of Montpelier in Bristol, was also jailed today for eight months. He had previously entered guilty pleas to offences of affray and criminal damage.

The third person sentenced was Lazarus who pleaded guilty to violent disorder. The 23-year-old received a 20-month sentence.

His Honour Judge James Patrick, in sentencing Lazarus, said: “You arrived near the front of the protest and were abusive to police, targeting them at just before 6pm, as they were trying to keep the situation under control.

“You were pushing the line and throwing liquid and you used a police shield to attack officers.”

Arthur Lazarus
(Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

Detective Superintendent James Riccio said: “The admissions of guilt may well be a result of the compelling evidence investigators have gathered, but I also hope it’s because these three men have come to realise their actions went too far.

“This was a night of shameless and destructive violence and we welcome these latest sentences for the appalling crimes committed.”

A statement on Avon and Somerset Police’s website reads: “We’d like to remind all concerned that criminal proceedings relating to the events of Sunday 21 March are ongoing against other defendants and that they have a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

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