Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Will Evict Tenants Guilty of Rioting, Councils Pledge

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Will Evict Tenants Guilty of Rioting, Councils Pledge

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

LEADERS of London boroughs badly hit by rioting have vowed to evict any council tenants found guilty of taking part in the mayhem.

Greenwich council issued a warning after seeing Woolwich resemble a war zone on Monday night, with a pub and clothes shop fire-bombed and about a dozen other shops vandalised.

In Croydon, which also saw severe damage, senior council officers were meeting to consider whether to impose similar tough sanctions.

Chris Roberts, Greenwich council leader, said: "Greenwich will be doing all it can alongside the police to ensure the perpetrators are held to account.

"We shall seek the eviction of anyone living in council property if they are found to have been engaged in criminal acts."

In Croydon, 25 people made homeless were put in hotels, where 17 remained today. Haringey council said 29 people had asked for help to be rehomed, with all being found temporary accommodation. …

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