The 25-year-old appears in court and is accused of setting fire to a police van during Kill the Bill protest

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Man, 25, appears in court charged with setting fire to police van during Kill the Bill protest in Bristol

  • Ryan Roberts reportedly placed an illuminated map under the vehicle while the officer was inside
  • He was also charged with five other crimes as a result of last month’s protest
  • These consist of criminal damage, assault and violent disorder

A 25-year-old man has appeared in court and charged with setting fire to a police van during a Kill the Bill riot.

Ryan Roberts reportedly placed an illuminated map under the vehicle while an officer was inside during collisions in central Bristol on March 21 this year.

Roberts was brought before a district judge sitting at Bristol Magistrates Court this morning, charged with attempted arson with the intent of endangering lives.

Ryan Roberts reportedly placed an illuminated map under the vehicle while an officer was inside during collisions in Bristol city center on March 21 this year

Ryan Roberts reportedly placed an illuminated map under the vehicle while an officer was inside during collisions in Bristol city center on March 21 this year

Roberts, formerly of Plymouth, Devon, but now living in Easton, Bristol, was charged with five other crimes in response to the protest.

These consist of two counts of criminal damage, two counts of assault from the beating of a rescuer and one count of violent disorder.

No plea was formally filed for the alleged violations, but his attorney, John Haythorne, said he would plead guilty to all six violations.

Mr. Haythorne, who appeared via video link, said, “I don’t think there is any actual dispute due to the nature of the camera evidence.”

District Judge Lynne Matthews, sitting on the Magistrates Court, said Roberts’ offenses should be dealt with at Bristol Crown Court because they are ‘too serious to be heard by this court’.

She added, “This court does not have the proper conviction powers.”

The judge refused a bail request and put him in custody until May 5, when he will appear before the Bristol Crown Court.

The anarchy that followed on March 21 came after a peaceful protest against the police, crime, punishments and courts.

The anarchy that followed on March 21 came after a peaceful protest against the police, crime, punishments and courts.

The anarchy that followed on March 21 came after a peaceful protest against the police, crime, punishments and courts.

Taking Roberts into custody – just hours before another Kill the Bill rally was due to take place in town – Judge Matthews told him: “ We seem to be in protest season right now and there can’t be a single person in the country. who has not seen the images and there are grounds to believe that you would be offensive again. ‘

Bearded Roberts, blond hair in a bun, wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans, spoke only to give his new address.

The anarchy that followed on March 21 came after a peaceful protest against the police, crime, punishments and courts.

The legislation would empower the police in England and Wales to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including protests deemed too noisy or disruptive, subjecting convicts to fines or imprisonment.

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