Judges hear first appeals over riots


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The Independent Online

The first challenges to sentences imposed for the August riots will be heard at the Court of Appeal today.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, sitting with Lord Justice Thomas and Lord Justice Leveson will hear appeals in 10 Crown Court cases.

They include appeals by two men jailed for four years for setting up Facebook pages inciting others to riot.

One of the key issues is whether tough sentences handed down were "proportionate".

More than 1,700 people have appeared before the courts in connection with the riots, with 300 sentenced.