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London Riots: Teen looter punished

DETENTION ORDER: Christopher Edwards

A TEENAGE boy who was found guilty of burglary at electrical store, Comet and a BP garage during the London riots, has been sentenced to a 12-month detention and training order.

Christopher Edwards, 17, was also found guilty of handling stolen goods from another electrical store, Currys during the disorder last summer.

The teen from Catford, south London, was arrested at the scene of one of the burglaries in the Greenwich Peninsula Retail Park on August 9. He was in a car, loaded with electrical goods, driven by 20-year-old Laura Johnson.

Johnson was found guilty of burglary at Comet on Greenwich Peninsula and handling stolen goods from Currys on Stone Lake Retail Park, Charlton.

JAILED: Laura Johnson

She was found not guilty of burglary at a BP garage on Woolwich Road, Charlton.

She was sentenced to two years imprisonment for each count to run concurrently.

A suspect who was also in the car fled the scene and is still outstanding. 

Detective Sergeant Mark Gilchrist, who led the investigation, said: “We are pleased with the result of this investigation. Laura Johnson went out on the evening of the 8 of August with the intention of stealing from local stores and join in the mass disorder and looting. 

"We continue to investigate and pursue those involved in the August disorder and are still trawling through a large volume of CCTV footage. Suspects are being identified on a daily basis, which is leading to further arrests and court appearances.

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