CPS: 'Thompson endangered the lives of innocent people'

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Jenny Hopkins, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said Thompson put scores of lives in danger by starting the Croydon blaze, including both firefighters and those living nearby.

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Riots arsonist jailed for 11 yrs

A looter who has admitted starting a massive fire that destroyed a 140-year-old furniture shop in Croydon during last summer's riots has been jailed for 11 and a half years. Gordon Thompson pleaded guilty to arson and burglary.