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Sixth-form girl on city riot burglary charges

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A sixth-form student has been charged with three burglaries during which £100,000 worth of stock was stolen or damaged in last Tuesday's Wolverhamptoncity centre riot.

A sixth-form student has been charged with three burglaries during which £100,000 worth of stock was stolen or damaged in last Tuesday's Wolverhamptoncity centre riot.

Danielle Corns wept as she was remanded in custody by magistrates. One of her relatives stormed out of court in protest at the decision not to give her bail.

The 18-year-old who has no previous convictions and has applied to join the RAF, is accused of the burglary of Zhapp fashion store during which clothing valued at £20,000 was stolen.

She is further charged with the burglary of jewellers EV Beckett where property worth £50,000 was damaged or stolen and the burglary of Digitech Masters store in which goods valued at £30,000 were taken.

All three shops are in Queen Street in the city centre and the offences allegedly happened on Tuesday.

Corns, of Tildesley Drive, Willenhall, did not enter a plea on Saturday, and Wolverhampton magistrates ruled that the case was too serious to be dealt with by them.

They remanded her in custody until Friday when she is schedule to appear at the same court. The case is due to be committed to Wolverhampton Crown Court on September 26. Lawyers are expected to make a fresh bail application on her behalf to a judge in chambers in the near future.

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old refuse collector said to be involved in Tuesday's city centre disturbance was also remanded in custody by the magistrates during Saturday's six and a half hour sitting.

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Mark Hodgetts, of Coleman Street, Whitmore Reans, is charged with violent disorder. He works for Wolverhampton City Council and is now in danger of losing his job.

Hodgetts is accused of violent disorder on Tuesday. He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody until Friday.

A 16-year-old youth from Wolverhampton, who cannot be named but faces an identical allegation, was remanded in custody to a youth court sitting in Wolverhampton today. He did not enter a plea.

A 17-year-old girl from Wombourne, who magistrates ruled could not be identified, admitted taking a £500 TV during a burglary at Sunitek.com in Broad Street which allegedly had £60,000 stock taken on Tuesday. She dumped the stolen set in the road soon afterwards. The girl, who also admitted stealing a bus pass, was remanded on unconditional bail to appear at Wolverhampton youth court today.

* A 17-year-old youth arrested on Friday in Blakenhall on suspicion of violent disorder after the riot in Wolverhampton has been released without charge.

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