This day was a bad day for Croydon and the people of Croydon. Perhaps the most shocking event was that the House of Reeves was set alight and burned to the ground, putting lives at risk.
[ The shop ] had stood on the site for over 140 years, proudly giving its name to its location, Reeves Corner. You were about to bring all that to an end.
– Judge Peter Thornton
This was a deliberate, wilful act of shocking, dangerous vandalism.