Olympic ambassador in court over London riots

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A youth ambassador for the 2012 London Olympics was remanded in custody by a court on Wednesday charged with attacking a police car during riots last week.

Chelsea Ives, 18, held her hands to the sides of her head and looked distressed throughout the five-minute hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London.

District Judge Nina Tempia told her she would appear again at the same court on September 7, when she will be committed for trial at a higher court.

Ives has been charged with two counts of burglary, violent disorder and attacking a police car after allegedly throwing bricks at a police car during riots in Enfield in north London on August 7. She denies the charges.

The teenager was arrested after her mother Adrienne reported her to police over suspicions that she had taken part in the disturbances.

Her mother, who said last week "any parent who loves their child should find the courage to do what we did", was in court on Wednesday to see her daughter appear before a judge for a second time.

Adrienne Ives emerged from court in tears and refused to speak to reporters before being escorted by police to a car through a scrum of photographers.

Her daughter, wearing a grey sweatshirt and black trousers, gasped when she came into the dock on Wednesday, and also stormed out of the back of the dock before she had been officially dismissed.

She was chosen in 2008 by her local council as one of its youth ambassadors who ensure young people's voices are heard and "have an input into developments for London 2012 and Paralympic Games", according to the council's website.

Her case is one of hundreds being dealt with by the courts in England following four nights of the worst riots for decades.

Police in London said Wednesday they had charged more than 1,000 people over the disturbances and warned of more to come as officers trawl through 20,000 hours of CCTV footage.

© 2011 AFP

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