London rioters jailed for almost 2,000 years, according to Ministry of Justice
7:10am Wednesday 8th August 2012 in News
Rioters jailed for taking part in the civil unrest across London last summer have been imprisoned for a combined total of almost 2,000 years.
Since last August more than 3,000 people have been arrested which resulted in 2,500 (80 per cent) rioters being successfully prosecuted in either crown or magistrates' courts.
In London, a total of 1,555 people have been jailed for a combined sentence of 1,938 years.
This breaks down to 1,292 people being jailed in crown court with an average sentence length of 16.8 months, also 143 people were imprisoned at magistrates court with an average jail length of 6.5 months.
The most common offences for which people were prosecuted were burglary (50 per cent), violent disorder (22 per cent) and theft (16 per cent).
Across London 26 per cent of convictions went to juveniles while five per cent of those prosecuted were 40 or over.
Since last summer The Met received 4,500 insurance claims, although 1,000 of these were duplicates, with liabilities relating to the riots currently estimated to be in the region of £250m.
The estimated total cost of staffing the public disorder (Operation Kirkin) is £74m, which includes £10m for the subsequent criminal investigation (Operation Withern).
Across the country five people died during the riots, approximately 5,000 crimes were recorded and the economy lost £500m.