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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.

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Devastation following furniture store blaze

The Metropolitan Police has released images of the devastation following the blaze at House of Reeves furniture store in Croydon during last summer's riots.

Today Gordon Thompsonm of Waddon Road, Croydon, was jailed for 11 and a half years for starting the fire, which destroyed the 140-year-old family business.

An aerial view of House of Reeves following its demolition. Credit: Metropolitan Police
The ruins of House of Reeves in Croydon following last summer's blaze. Credit: Metropolitan Police
The remains of the 140-year-old Croydon furniture store following the blaze last year. Credit: Metropolitan Police

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