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 Crime news

Friday, April 29, 2016
These deadly weapons have been seized in Brent over the last 24 hours (Pic: Twitter@MPSBrent)

It might look like a harmless torch but this is actually a disguised Taser which has been seized by Brent Police.

Friday, April 29, 2016
British Transport Police want to speak to this woman (Photo: BTP)

A woman has had her lip split open after she was attacked for veering in front of another woman on the station concourse At Manor House.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Abdi's police mugshot

A serial rapist who sexually assaulted five women as young as 19 and as old as 75 in a sick crime spree across east London has been locked up for life.

Friday, April 29, 2016
One of the crashed cars found near Ferry Lane, Rainham

People will be killed if street racers keep performing illegal late night stunts in front of hundreds of onlookers at an industrial estate, police have warned.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Tsvetomir Georgiev exposed himself to women on many Tube trains (Picture: BTP)

A ‘persistent pervert’ travelled around the London Underground ‘targeting lone women’ - engaging the women in conversation before ‘touching himself inappropriately’ in front of them, inciting ‘considerable fear’.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
British Transport Police think this man could have vital information (Photo: BTP)

Police are hunting a pervert who stalked a woman even when she changed trains.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport