Teenagers appear in court for Swarovski riot raid

Youths of sixteen and seventeen charged with handling stole goods.

The rioting which took place on Tuesday in Manchester has already resulted in night-long court sessions in which two teenage boys have been charged for their involvement in the looting of a Swarovski store.

The store, on The Exchange in central Manchester, had its windows smashed and stock stolen, before a team of plain clothed police officers swooped in, arresting several of the perpetrators on the spot.

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Among those arrested and charged at Manchester Magistrates Court were a 16-year-old boy from the Ancoats area of the city and a 17-year-old from Audenshaw.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, may face a stint in a young offenders’ institute. It is said that he was planning to start a college course.

The teenager had tried to open a cabinet to steal goods from the Swarovski jewellery store after being invited to join the rioting through Blackberry Messenger, the messaging service which is believed to have been used to coordinate the violence. He pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal and awaits sentence.

17-year-old Anthony Lloyd of Audensha was stopped on Portland Street in Manchester at 1am on Wednesday morning, with pockets full of women’s jewellery that he claims to have found in the street.

Lloyd admitted to using a red bandana to hide his face during the riots. He also admitted to stealing cigarettes from Snaith’s newsagent on Cooper Street, which suffered losses of £13,000.

He will await sentencing after admitting burglary and handling stolen goods.

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