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Named and shamed: MM looks at sentences handed out to looters and troublemakers arrested in the Manchester riots

By Joe Dalton, Crime Correspondent

It is now three weeks since Manchester was turned upside down by thugs, vandals, opportunist thieves and looters during the so-called ‘Manchester Riots’.

The police arrested many people out causing trouble and partaking in criminal activity on the night of August 9 and the courts have worked tirelessly to dole out fitting punishments ever since.

MM now takes the opportunity to name and shame some of the miscreants who brought our great city into disrepute.

 

Name: Gemma Corbett, 24, of North Lonsdale Street, Stretford.           

Crime: Stole £625 of clothes, footwear and accessories from Vans store in the Northern Quarter.

Sentence: Jailed for 18 months.

 

Name: Ursula Nevin, 24, a mother-of-two, of North Lonsdale Street, Stretford.

Crime: Accepted a pair of shorts stolen by her housemate Gemma Corbett, 24, from Vans store in the Northern Quarter during the riots.

Sentence: Initially jailed for five months but reduced to a Community Order – 75 hours of unpaid work.

 

Name: Levi Lawrence, 19, of Coalshaw Green Road, Chadderton.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary for looting wine and lager from a Manchester city centre Marks and Spencer store during the riots.

Sentence: Jailed for 16 months.

 

Name: Stephen Craven, 25, a father-of-two, of Sedgefield Close, Pendleton.

Crime: pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods after he paid £20 for a 32in TV from youths who had obtained the TV from a looted Cash Converters store.

Sentence: Jailed for 12 months.

 

Name: Jason Aitchison, a 27-year-old warden for Salix Homes and a co-founder of a Salford youth football team, from Barnesdale Drive, Cheetham Hill.                                                                                      

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary after he broke into jewellery store Alfred E Mutter in the Northern Quarter during the riots. He was caught on CCTV forcing open the store’s shutters, running at, and kicking the door. Although the store was looted, losing £25,000, no jewellery was recovered from his home.

Sentence: Jailed for four years.

 

Name: Stephen Carter, 26, homeless, formerly of the Salvation Army hostel at James Street, Salford.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods after he was arrested with a bag containing £500 of clothes and shoes stolen from Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green shop on King St. during the riots.

Sentence: Jailed for 16 months.

 

Name: Michael Gillespie-Doyle, 18, of Victoria Street, Openshaw.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary after he entered a Sainsbury’s supermarket on Deansgate, which was badly damaged during the riots.

Sentence: Two years in a young offenders’ institution.


Name: Thomas Gerard Downey, 48, no fixed address.  

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary and breach of an Asbo after he was caught stealing doughnuts from a Krispy Kreme shop near Piccadilly during the riots on 9 August 2011. He had been released from prison the same day.

Sentence: Jailed for 16 months.

 

Name: Dane Twemlow, 28, of Westwood Avenue, Little Hulton, Salford.   

Crime: Pleaded guilty to theft after he was caught with a 32-inch television stolen from Salford Shopping City during the riots.

Sentence: Jailed for 14 months.

 

Name: Anthony Winder, a 38-year-old father-of-four and trainee teacher, of Kersal Road, Prestwich.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary after he smashed a display cabinet at the Swarovski Crystal store in St Ann’s Square to steal an ornamental crystal dog.

Sentence: Jailed for two years.

 

Name: Hassan Halloway, 39, of Bennett Street, Crumpsall.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary and affray after stealing wine from the Blue Parrot Bar and Grill on Portland Street, cigarettes and alcohol from a Spa supermarket, alcohol from a Marks and Spencer store and crisps and chocolate from a Quality Save store. Halloway also threw bricks at police officers.

Sentence: Four years and eight months imprisonment.

 

Name: Enrico Vanasco, a 25-year-old chef from Great Western Street, Moss Side.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary after he entered the Jessops store on Princess Street and stole a Sony camera and lens worth £300.

Sentence: Jailed for one year and eight months.

 

Name: David Beswick, 31, a coach driver from Anson Street, Eccles.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods after he said he had been handed a 37-inch LCD television set (looted from pawnbrokers Cash Generator in Salford) to place in his car during the riots.

Sentence: Jailed for 18 months.

 

Name: Ricky Gemmell, 18, of Buckley Road, Levenshulme.  

Crime: He pleaded guilty to causing fear or provocation of violence during the riots by shouting abuse and threats at police officers.

Sentence: 16 weeks in youth custody.

 

Name: David Swarbrick, 25, of Aston Old Road, Openshaw.

Crime: Pleaded guilty to burglary and breach of a suspended sentence order after he stole the skin care product ‘Oil of Olay’ (worth £25) from a Quality Save store in Parker Street, Manchester, during the riots.

Sentence: Jailed for two years.


 

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