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Bus riot: Four in court

PUBLISHED: 15:27 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

FOUR college students have appeared in court charged with using threatening behaviour during a riot on a bus in which a community support officer was injured. Rita Ebie, 18 from Brockley, Evelyn Nortey, 18, from Belvedere, a 17-year-old boy from Abbey Wo

FOUR college students have appeared in court charged with using threatening behaviour during a riot on a bus in which a community support officer was injured.

Rita Ebie, 18 from Brockley, Evelyn Nortey, 18, from Belvedere, a 17-year-old boy from Abbey Wood and a 17-year-old girl from Dartford appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court on January 7.

All four are charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence. They have also been charged with obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

The incident happened in Orpington High Street on November 3 last year when around 40 students tried to board an overcrowded number 51 bus.

Most of them were told to wait for the next one but they tried to kick their way onto the bus, which resulted in a patrolling police community support officer suffering a cut to his face

Seven people were arrested in connection with the incident.

All four pleaded not guilty to the charges and their cases were adjourned until April 14 when a two-day trial is scheduled to take place.

They were all released on bail.

An 18-year-old woman from Eltham and a 19-year-old man from Erith have also been handed fixed-penalty notices for threatening behaviour during the riot.

No further action was taken against a 16-year-old boy arrested during the incident.

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