Four people have been convicted of shooting at police officers during last summer’s riots in Birmingham.

A fire was started at the Bartons Arms pub in Aston before the men blockaded the nearby A34 and fired at police. The force’s helicopter was also shot at.

They had deliberately lured officers to the scene to attack them, police said.

Tyrone Laidley, 20, Nicholas Francis, 26, of Birmingham, Renardo Farrell, 20, of Wolverhampton, and a boy, 17, were convicted at Birmingham Crown Court.

The men had denied riot, reckless arson and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life. Joyah Campbell, 19, of Hanover Court, Aston, in Birmingham, was cleared of the same charges.

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