House of Reeves family ‘forgive’ London riots arsonist Gordon Thompson - quotes

15:36 11 April 2012

Maurice Reeves at Reeves Furniture store, Croydon

Maurice Reeves at Reeves Furniture store, Croydon

PA Archive/Press Association Images

The House of Reeves family left ‘bereft’ after their furniture shop was torched during the London riots say they forgive arsonist Gordon Thompson for destroying the business.

Thompson, 34, was jailed for 11 years and six months for burglary and arson today, at the Old Bailey.

Outside court, 81-year-old Maurice Reeves told of the impact upon his family following events that fateful evening last August - when Thompson set a sofa alight and pushed it inside the shop, in Croydon.

“He’s done so much harm for everybody and we have to fight back and that’s what we are doing. That’s the typical Reeves family,” said Mr Reeves.

Thompson’s solicitor apologised in court on behalf of his client – saying he “could not believe” the consequences of his rampage.

“I think that’s accepted by the family, it’s accepted by me and good for him,” said Maurice Reeve.

Son Trevor said: “My father has built that store up, that store was his baby. I lived there as a child, played there as a child, I lived there as an adult, I worked there for most of my adult life, and when you lose something like that it’s like a bereavement.

“The justice system now has to do its job. The justice system is there to stop him doing it again.

“It has now got 11-and-a-half years to rehabilitate a repeat offender and to stop him doing it again.”

Detective Superintendent Simon Messinger said Thompson now had “a considerable time for him to consider the outcome of his reckless actions” and the “emotional, financial and physical destruction that he has caused not only to the Reeves family but many local residents in Croydon”.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

Read more

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Read more

Fans gather to celebrate the feline’s 40th birthday.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Another two men were taken to local hospital with serious injuries.

Quirky London