Council threatens looters with eviction
Greenwich Council is promising to evict tenants who are found to have been involved in looting in the London riots.
Looters broke into shops and set fire to cars in Woolwich last night as police struggled to contain violence that broke out across London.
In a statement, council leader Chris Roberts said: ‘We shall seek the eviction of anyone living in council property if they are found to have been engaged in criminal acts.
‘The destruction and looting which I witnessed first-hand in Woolwich town centre last night are criminal acts, no more and no less.
‘What happened in Woolwich is clearly part of a wider tale of disruption and criminality but this does not in any way reduce the council’s determination to act where it can.’
He said the council would work with police to find the perpetrators and use the council newspaper to publish images of those caught on CCTV.
‘The vast majority of local residents I have spoken to are understandably disgusted by what happened last night,’ he said.
‘We owe it to them to ensure that we do all we can to support those who live and work here, and are determined to stand alongside the local community.’
Separately a petition has been set up on the government’s e-petition website calling for anyone convicted of rioting to be stripped of all benefits. The petition, which is directed at the Department for Work and Pensions, seems to be attracting significant levels of support.