Rioter was a fool, says his grandma

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AN angry gran has branded her grandson a ‘silly young idiot’ for allegedly being involved in the Milton Keynes mini riot.

And the pensioner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has come up with the ideal punishment for the youth and his friends.

“They should all be stuck on an island, miles away from anywhere, and left to get on with it,” she told the Citizen.

“My grandson had a good upbringing in a good family and he had no excuse for getting involved in something as stupid as this. He is a fool, a silly young idiot.”

The youth is one of five people arrested on Tuesday last week, when a feared evening of mass rioting fizzled out by 10pm after police scared off the offenders in Bletchley.

On Thursday the men, who have been held in custody since their arrest, appeared before city magistrates charged with violent disorder.

They are 19-year-old Jake Ashby and 18-year-old Nicholas Balibuno, both from Bletchley; Paul Hanley, 24, from Peartree Bridge; Spencer Lane, aged 23; and a 17-year-old Bletchley boy, who is too young to be named.

All five were remanded in custody to reappear in court today, Thursday.

Meanwhile city police superintendent Nikki Ross has warned other people involved that officers will identify them through CCTV footage .

She is urging onlookers who photographed the rioters to email their images to

Anyone with other information can contact police on 0845 8 505 505.

Police used Twitter and Facebook to keep the public informed minute by minute.

On Tuesday thousands viewed their feed @TVP_MK.

We found it a very useful resource,” said Supt Ross, who has publicly thanked the “vast majority” of residents for their help and support.