Two in Bristol jailed for racial abuse

The dad of two Bristol thugs locked up for assaulting and abusing Asian shopkeepers has insisted: “My boys are not racist.”

Luke Lovedale and his twin brother Justin, together with Nicholas Gardener, all aged 17, were each jailed for 18 months at Bristol Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The trio screamed racist abuse at the shopkeepers as they beat and kicked them during a night of violence in Bedminster in June. Today one of their victims said the sentence was not long enough and he was still living in fear of racist attacks. The three yobs sniggered and joked throughout their three-day trial last month and yesterday they sat slouched in the dock, smirking and smiling as they were sent down.

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