Edward Woollard, the teenager who threw a fire extinguisher during the NUS protests in November has been jailed for 2 years and 8 months for violent disorder. He is expected to begin his sentence in a young offender’s institute, before being transferred to prison.
Woollard had previously pleaded guilty after news video footage was released to the public showing him committing the crime. Woollard was a pupil at Brockenhurst College, near the New Forest, when he went to protest the government’s plans to raise university tuition fees. He was then seen throwing a fire extinguisher off the roof top of the Conservative Headquarters. The fire extinguisher fell seven floors, narrowly missing several policemen and bystanders below. Woollard was then briefly the subject of a media led manhunt, until he later handed himself in to Totton police station.
Despite the protests that ran throughout November and December, the government successfully won the vote detailing its plans to increase University tuition fees.