Riots arsonist caught on camera before devastating blaze

Photographs have emerged of convicted arsonist Gordon Thompson, looting in London ahead of the massive Croydon blaze that destroyed 140-year-old furniture store, House of Reeves.

Gordon Thompson captured looting during last summer's London riots.
Gordon Thompson captured looting during last summer's London riots. Credit: ITV News

Thompson brazenly posed for a photographer during the crime spree and ended up on the front page of a local newspaper. The 34-year-old was jailed at the Old Bailey and will serve 11-and-a-half-years for arson and burglary.

Thompson caught on camera looting in the streets of London before the Croydon blaze.
Thompson caught on camera looting in the streets of London before the Croydon blaze. Credit: ITV News

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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.