Rioter who helped ransack Woolwich is jailed

By Rob Virtue on November 22, 2011 5:50 PM |


The longest sentence handed down in connection with the London riots has been given to a 22-year-old who threw bricks at officers inside a police car in Woolwich.

Johanson Ago, of no fixed address, was given five years and four months in prison for the attack, as well as six burglaries committed during the disorder.

Ago arrived in Woolwich just after 8pm on August 8 - the night of the riot in the south-east London town - before embarking on a crime spree lasting over four hours.

CCTV images showed him smash the windscreen of a police car in Beresford Square before aiming bricks at an unmarked police car with officers inside, who were attempting to leave the scene.


Ago was then seen committing burglaries in Charles Dance Jewellery, the Cash Generator, JD Sports, T-Mobile and Carphone Warehouse, as well as attempting to break into Argos.

He was then spotted loading up the boot of a car and driving off.

Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Gilchrist, said: "It was clear from the footage we viewed that Ago was an active participant in the disorder that engulfed Woolwich and saw the town centre ransacked.

"This is the longest sentence handed down so far in connection with the riots and we are pleased with the result."

Ago pleaded guilty to all charges on November 15.