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Council begins riots inquiry

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Croydon LBC has announced an independent inquiry into last months’ riots that led to the damage of around 200 businesses and the eventual arrest of more than 380 people.

Speaking at an extraordinary meeting of the council on 7 September, council leader Mike Fisher (Con) said efforts would also be made to evict anyone convicted for offences during the riots from council-owned properties.

The local inquiry will feed into national initiatives looking at the causes of the widespread disturbances in August.

Tony Newman (Lab), leader of the opposition leader, added his support. He said: “It is right there is an independent inquiry specifically charged with what went wrong in Croydon on August 8, when 999 calls are no longer being answered, when hundreds of people in burning flats are being left to fend for themselves.”

Wandsworth LBC also launched an independent review of the disorder at Clapham Junction, Balham and Tooting last week.

Former Local Government Association director Neil Kinghan was appointed to make recommendations of what action can be taken to reduce the risk of future trouble.

He said: “I am carrying out this review for Wandsworth Council but I am independent of them and I will produce an independent report.

“I lived in Wandsworth from 1986 to 2010, so I know the area and I hope that my review can help the council and others learn lessons from what happened and take action that will reduce the risk of what happened in August from happening again.”

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