UK: Student jailed for throwing fire extinguisher during protest

A SIXTH form student was jailed for two years and eight months today after he admitted throwing a fire extinguisher from a roof during a protest over university fees.

Edward Woollard, 18, was among protesters who stormed inside the Millbank complex in London that houses the Tory Party headquarters on November 10.

He was filmed throwing an empty metal fire extinguisher from a seventh-floor rooftop as hundreds of people gathered in a courtyard below.

Woollard, of Dibden Purlieu in Hampshire, will serve at least half of his sentence for violent disorder in a young offenders institution.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC told Woollard the public had a right to protection from violence.

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The judge also said he took into account the defendant’s age, his guilty plea at the earliest opportunity and the fact that he had no previous convictions.

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