A second man has been sentenced in connection with Leicester violence which saw the arrest of 47 people since August 28.
Leicester Magistrates’ Court handed down a suspended one-year jail term to Adam Yusuf, 20, after he pleaded guilty to possessing a knife at a march on Sunday.
While Yusuf said he was influenced by social media posts linked to violent confrontations between two groups, the magistrate told him that the behaviour which “brings shame on our city and community relationships” would not be tolerated.
The sentencing came after a 20-year-old man, Amos Noronha of Illingworth Road, was jailed for 10 months for possessing an offensive weapon during the disorder in the city.
A third man, identified as Lukman Patel of Homeway Road has been in police custody after pleading not guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and racially aggravated actions.
Simmering tensions sparked by an India-Pakistan cricket match played in Dubai in August escalated on Saturday when several hundred people took to the streets.
The confrontations, fuelled by “falsehood” on social media, continued on Sunday, forcing the administration to divert officers deployed for the Queen’s funeral to Leicester to restore peace.
Muslim-Hindu Unity Statement by Temple President, Pradyumna Das, outside Asfordby St Mosque.
“#Leicester has no place for any foreign extremist ideology that causes division. Our message to anyone that sows disharmony between us is clear ‘we will not let you succeed.’” pic.twitter.com/qhYY7bqzff