Mother refuses son bail address for fear of losing home
A mother has refused to take in her teenage son after he was accused of rioting for fear that she will lose her council house.
Della Collins told her son Jermaine's solicitor that she could not offer her home as a bail address after politicians threatened to evict the families of rioters. She later said it was "not fair" to take homes away and that the government was out to "destroy people's lives".
Jermaine Collins (19), appeared in court yesterday charged with violent disorder and threatening behaviour during an outbreak of trouble in Harrow Road, west London, on August 9.
Speaking from her end-of-terrace council house, which is surrounded by smart, privately-owned homes, Miss Collins said: "I have other children to look after. If I lose the house, I lose everything."
Meanwhile Eoin McLennan-Murray, the president of the Prison Governors Association, warned ministers yesterday that they face a return to the "bad old days" and could be forced to consider early release schemes in future. He said the the prisons would be full within a month if judges kept jailing rioters and looters. (© Daily Telegraph, London)