Young judo star detained for looting

A TEENAGE judo star was detained for eight months yesterday after taking part in looting during last month’s riots, court officials said.

Anthony Lloyd, 17, was found by police with his pockets “bulging” with stolen cigarettes and jewellery during disturbances in Manchester, the city’s youth court heard.

Lloyd, of Hanover Street South, Audenshaw, Greater Manchester, previously pleaded guilty to burglary of a non-dwelling property and handling stolen goods.

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Earlier yesterday he was sentenced to eight months’ detention and training for each count, to serve concurrently, a spokesman for the court said.

At the earlier hearing, District Judge Jonathan Taaffe heard Lloyd was stopped by police at 9.30pm at the height of the disorder which struck the city on August 9.

Lloyd, whose social worker father and mother, a nurse, supported him in court, admitted he had taken the cigarettes from a newsagent which had been attacked by others.

Estelle Parkhouse, defending, said Lloyd was part of the British Judo team and was returning from training when he heard about the disorder and ventured into the city centre.

He had never been before the courts before.