The pose is unmistakable but the target beggars belief.

Arms outstretched, a hooded rioter takes aim and fires at a police helicopter hovering over a scene of carnage in the middle of a city.

Yesterday the gunman and five others convicted over a ‘concerted attack on the police’ were jailed for up to 30 years each after a court heard how they used guns to ambush unarmed officers before turning their fire skywards.

The yobs, some said to have links with two notorious local gangs, set a landmark pub on fire as its staff cowered in living quarters upstairs to ‘lure’ riot police to the scene.

Then, from behind barricades, they goaded the officers and attacked them with missiles before opening fire.

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