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Two teenagers convicted of looting at Reading Makro store

Two teenagers have been found guilty of taking part in a raid on a wholesalers in Reading.

About 40 people raided Makro, stealing £15,000 of goods, as riots engulfed several towns and cities in England.

Conall Bascombe-McCarthy, 19, was convicted of violent disorder and burglary. A boy, 17, was convicted of disorder, but cleared of burglary.

Marc Murray, 30, was cleared of violent disorder and burglary at the trial at Reading Crown Court.

Jurors heard that Mr Murray was arrested after police linked blood found on three television boxes which had been stolen from the store, to him.

Smashing doors

But Mr Murray, from Whitley, told the court he cut his hand after being knocked over by people rushing out of Makro, near Whitley Wood, on 10 August, as he walked past on his way home.

Image caption About 40 people broke into the wholesalers

Bascombe-McCarthy, also from Whitley, and the youth, had both claimed they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and said they had not taken part in the disturbance.

They will both be sentenced along with five other defendants in February.

CCTV footage of scores of people running to the entrance, smashing the sliding doors off their hinges before streaming in and stealing goods was shown to the jury during the trial.

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