Five arrested over student fees demo riots

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Four school pupils and a student have been arrested in connection with the disorder that broke out during the university fees protests, police said today.

A 22-year-old female student from Chiswick, west London, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of violent disorder at the November 10 demonstration in central London.

She was bailed until May pending further inquires, Scotland Yard said.

A 16-year-old boy from Hornsey, north London, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of committing the same offence that day.

A 17-year-old pupil from Upper Holloway, north London, was arrested at his home yesterday on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage at another fees protest in the capital on November 24.

He was bailed until May pending further inquiries.

Two girls aged 16 and 17, both from Hanwell, west London, were also arrested yesterday on suspicion of criminal damage after they allegedly graffitied a police van at the same demonstration.

The protests saw tens of thousands of students take to the streets, joined by lecturers and parents, angered by government proposals to increase university tuition fees.

But both events brought violence and chaos to the capital as angry young demonstrators clashed with police.

Since then, officers have arrested more than 200 people, most in their late teens and early 20s.

Last week, Hampshire student Edward Woollard was jailed for throwing a fire extinguisher from the roof of the Millbank complex which houses the Conservative Party headquarters.

The 18-year-old was sentenced to 32 months behind bars after admitting violent disorder during the first student revolt.