Teenager detained over riots raid on jewellers

Aaron Douglas
Image caption Aaron Douglas recognised himself in this CCTV image

An 18-year-old who broke into a jeweller's shop during last month's riots has been sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders' institute.

Aaron Douglas of Norwood Park, south London, handed himself after his picture was published in the media.

He had admitted breaking into Crystal Palace Jewellers in Upper Norwood, south London, and stealing goods worth £6,100 on 9 August.

He was caught on CCTV lifting a security shutter to let raiders in.

The attack on the store came in the form of two raids - the first by 10 males who were later joined by a gang of 20.

A previous hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court heard how Douglas had gone to Kennington police station in south London, accompanied by his sister, to surrender after being persuaded by his family.

Prosecutor Catherine Wear said Douglas, of Gibbs Square, Norwood Park, had strong family ties and that his relatives had been shocked by his behaviour.

He was sentenced on Monday an Inner London Crown Court.

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