London riots: Eltham man jailed over police attack
PUBLISHED: 10:16 11 November 2011
A 21-year-old man has been jailed for a year after attacking police in Eltham during the height of the summer riots.
Shaun Knott, of Bromhedge, Eltham, is the second member of his family to go to prison for his part in the disorder after his brother, David, 18, was sentenced to 12 months last month for handling stolen goods.
Using both hands, Knott hurled a large lump of wood toward a police vehicle on August 10 – despite telling officers he was in Eltham to protect his area.
After pleading guilty at London Inner Crown Court on Wednesday last week he was sentenced to 12 months in prison for affray.
Judge Mark Bishop said: “By your actions you were contributing to the civil disorder. You were with others seeking to take the law into your own hands.
“This was a time when you attacked police when the police needed the community’s support.”
He turned 21 on the first full day of his sentence on Thursday which he spent in a young offenders’ institute.
The court heard a large number of officers from the Met and other forces around the country were posted to Eltham on the night of August 10 to ensure High Street and its surrounding area remained safe after a group of residents gathered there claiming they wanted to protect it.
Det Con Mark Gilchrist said: “Shaun Knott told us he was in Eltham to protect his local area, but he did the very opposite.
“His intent was to create disruption. Police repeatedly asked residents, during the days after the disorder, to stay in and not to take the law into their own hands.
“I hope he will take some time to reflect on what he did during his stay in prison.”
Knott’s younger brother was locked up for a year at Inner London Crown Court, on October 6 after admitting handling stolen goods belonging to Argos in Powis Street, Woolwich.
He carried a stolen TV on his lap while he was in a wheelchair at the time with a broken leg.