Woman from Wiltshire jailed after attacking police during riot

A WOMAN who attacked a line of police officers during the Bristol riot has been jailed. Rose Lazarus, 21, formerly of Wiltshire but now of Bishopston in Bristol, admitted a charge of violent disorder at Bristol Crown Court on Monday, August 8, and was sentenced to 14 months in prison. A riot took place following a Kill the Bill protest in the city centre of Bristol on March 21, last year.

During the riot, Lazarus attacked the line of officers over a sustained period of time, pushing and hitting against shields, and kicking out on multiple occasions. She was also seen to throw missiles at a police vehicle. To date, 20 people have been jailed for a combined total of 75 years and 11 months for their role in the riot.

Detective Superintendent James Riccio, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We fully respect the fundamental democratic right to peaceful protest but aggression and violence are unacceptable."

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