Damage to the House of Reeves shop in Croydon
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London riots: Man admits starting furniture store fire

A man has pleaded guilty to starting a fire which destroyed a 144-year-old furniture shop in south London during last summer's riots.

Gordon Thompson, 33, changed his plea during a trial at the Old Bailey.

The court had previously heard that Thompson told another man "it was me", as he walked away from the burning House of Reeves in Croydon on 8 August.

Tom Symonds reports.

  • 24 Feb 2012
  • From the section UK
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