Four Kill the Bill protesters have been jailed for a total of 14 years and four months.

Kane Adamson, 21, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, Stuart Quinn, 46, and Kain Simmonds, 18, have both been jailed for three years and three months, Brandon Lloyd, 21, was locked up for three years and 11 months.

A fifth person Yasmin Schneider, 25, was sentenced to five months for urinating on a police officer.

The initially peaceful protest in Bristol on March 21 quickly descended into chaos and saw a police van set alight and dozens of officers injured - including some who feared for their lives.

All five appeared at Bristol Crown Court this morning having previously pleaded guilty to disorder offences.

Four of the defendants, who all range in age from 21 to 46, were convicted of riot, and Schneider, 25, of two counts of outraging public decency.

The full convictions are as follows:

Simmonds was kept in custody but all the others had been released on conditional bail prior to their appearance this morning, following the first hearing on May 28.

The 'Kill the Bill' rally - which saw thousands march on Bridewell Police Station - was staged against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would give police and the Home Secretary increased powers to stop protests.

The bill also makes a special new law to protect monuments and statues, in the wake of the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston, with the crime of damaging them punishable by up to ten years in prison.

The initially peaceful protests descended into violence, with officers injured, police vehicles torched and windows at the station smashed.

A vandalised police van explodes outside Bridewell Police Station during the Kill the Bill protest (

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary confirmed yesterday (July 29) that two more people have been arrested in connection with the demonstrations.

The latest arrests take the total number of people arrested in connection with the protest to 75.

Bristol's Mayor, Marvin Rees, accused the "self-indulgent, selfish, self-centred" rioters of actually handing the Government public backing to crackdown on protest with their actions.

The five defendants were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today (

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Bristol Post)

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