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Wandsworth rioter evicted two years after looting

A man convicted of burgling a bank during the London riots has been evicted from his council flat two years to the day after the looting took place.

Jonathan Mason was ordered to leave his home in Fontley Way, Roehampton, south-west London, at a hearing at Wandsworth County Court, the Ministry of Justice confirmed.

He had rent arrears of nearly £6,000.

Wandsworth Council said it was its first eviction of a 2011 rioter.

'Pure coincidence'

The authority was the first to serve a notice following the riots but failed in its bid to evict Maite de la Calva whose son Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, broke into a Currys store.

Mason - who looted the Lavender Hill branch of HSBC bank - was convicted of burglary and jailed for three years at Inner London Crown Court last year, the court confirmed.

He had legal representation at a hearing at Wandsworth County Court on 12 July when he was given 28 days to mount an appeal or leave the property.

Nottingham City Council, Salford City Council and Westminster, Greenwich and Hammersmith and Fulham councils in London all said they would consider serving eviction notices, following the national disorder of August 2011.

At the time David Cameron said it was a way of "enforcing responsibility in our society".

Wandsworth Council said the eviction date was "pure coincidence" but that there was no room on estates for "looters, rioters and those who refuse to pay their rent".

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