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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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Judge condemns Thompson's 'dangerous vandalism'

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.

This was a deliberate, wilful act of shocking, dangerous vandalism.

– Judge Peter Thornton

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