Riots 'best thing' for Tottenham

A mayor has apologised after she said 2011's riots were "the best thing that's happened" in her community for a while.

Mayor sorry for 'best thing' riots comment

A mayor has apologised after she said 2011's riots were "the best thing that's happened" in her community for a while.

Sheila Peacock's comments about Tottenham - dubbed the "epicentre" of the riots two years ago - have upset residents who were forced to flee as homes and businesses burnt.

In an interview for a documentary, the mayor of Haringey - which includes Tottenham - said:

"The second riots that we've just had was the best thing that's happened in Tottenham for a while.

"My reason for saying that is all of a sudden the government is now starting to pump money into Tottenham.

"Because Haringey is an out-of-London borough, so we don't get as much money as Islington or Hackney."

Police survey the aftermath of riots in Tottenham in 2011
Police survey the aftermath of riots in Tottenham in 2011 Credit: Reuters