Results tagged “riots”

SmithThomas142.jpgThe August riots that swept across London cost millions in clean-up costs and police overtime but did have a positive effect on one Canary Wharf-based company.

Legal recruitment firm Sean Smith Associates saw demand for its services boom as firms across the capital sought staff to cope with the increase in court cases.

woolwich.jpgA teenage arsonist has been sentenced to four years in prison for setting fire to a Woolwich pub during the August riots.

The 16-year-old, from Abbey Wood, cannot be named for legal reasons. He was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court today after pleading guilty to setting fire to the Great Harry pub in Wellington Street on August 8.

david knott.jpgA wheelchair bound looter has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his part in the Woolwich riots.

David Christopher Knott, 18, from Bromhedge, Eltham had a broken leg when he was captured on CCTV being handed a television outside Argos, Powis Street before being wheeled from the scene in August.

By John Biggs


The dust has settled a little following the recent disturbances, and maybe we can begin to be more thoughtful. I have two big worries.

First, that the reputational damage will affect jobs, employment and the positive image of London. This is vitally important for such an open city.


A wall of messages created by members of the Woolwich community saddened by the riots in the town was painted over because it was seen as graffiti.

Powis Street Estates, owners of the site of the Great Harry pub which was destroyed in an arson attack nearly two weeks ago, said it took the decision to paint over the messages after talking to Greenwich Council.