Moment Kill the Bill rioter sets fire to police van during violent disorder in Bristol as he pleads guilty to riot and arson

  • Matthew O’Neill, 30, set fire to a police van during a Kill the Bill riot in Bristol
  • He set fire to the van and fanned the flames with a police shield on March 21
  • O’Neill was also recorded smashing the front window of burning van with chair 

Matthew O’Neill, 30, admitted riot and arson

This is the moment a 30-year-old Kill the Bill rioter set fire to a police van in Bristol during a ‘shameful night’ last year.

Matthew O’Neill used lit items under the van and a police shield to fan the flames during violent scenes in Bristol on March 21. 

He also used a chair to smash the front window of the burning police van. 

O’Neill, of Patchway, Gloucestershire, admitted riot and arson at Bristol Crown Court this morning.

He also used a police shield and baton to attack officers, as well as cause damage to the front of Bridewell Police Station. 

O'Neill lit items and placed them underneath the police van to set the vehicle alight

O’Neill lit items and placed them underneath the police van to set the vehicle alight

The police van can be seen in the video covered in graffiti, with flames developing underneath

The police van can be seen in the video covered in graffiti, with flames developing underneath

Detective Superintendent James Riccio said: ‘Matthew O’Neill engaged in some of the more serious violence and destruction which occurred on that shameful night.

‘He chose to use the uncontrollable weapon of fire, showing no regard to the safety or welfare of others.

‘O’Neill is the seventeenth person to be convicted of offences in connection with the riot and the change in plea is testament to the compelling visual evidence against him, meticulously collated by our team of investigators.’

O’Neill has been released on bail to attend a sentencing hearing on Monday May 23. 

O'Neill accessed the underside of the van via the wheel arches, and then used a police shield to fan the flames

O’Neill accessed the underside of the van via the wheel arches, and then used a police shield to fan the flames

Detective Superintendent James Riccio said that by using 'the uncontrollable weapon of fire'. O'Neill had showed no regard to the safety or welfare of others

Detective Superintendent James Riccio said that by using ‘the uncontrollable weapon of fire’. O’Neill had showed no regard to the safety or welfare of others

Seen above, O’Neill is one of 17 people convicted of offences in connection with the Bristol riot

O'Neill strikes the front of the police van with a chair, as it glows from the developing flames

O’Neill strikes the front of the police van with a chair, as it glows from the developing flames

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