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Riot-hit Croydon's giveaways to boost local business

A south London town centre hit by the recent disorder, is offering free transport, parking and discounts this weekend to help kick-start the economy.

Tram rides in Croydon are free and shops are offering money off on certain items after the area suffered some of worst disorder in London on 8 August.

The scheme is a joint initiative between the council and the local Business Improvement District.

Similar offers will be made over the coming weeks.

Croydon was hit by wide-spread violence and looting, with the 144-year-old Reeves Furniture store being burnt down.

This week, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the area and spoke to those affected.

Council Leader Mike Fisher said: "Croydon is back in business - and while we know there is still work to do, we wanted to immediately recognise the overwhelming community spirit that we've seen during the past week and offer support to businesses affected.

"Community groups, businesses and volunteers have all done an amazing job."

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