Sunday 18 February 2018

Wheelchair-bound rioter who stole TV jailed for a year

Ella Pickover

A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND man who was caught stealing a television during the summer riots has been jailed for a year.

David Knott was spotted on CCTV as an accomplice dumped a large Alba television on to his lap before wheeling him away.

The 18-year-old, from Eltham in south-east London, had a broken leg at the time of the riots in August.

At Inner London Crown Court last week he was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods from the Argos store in Woolwich.

Metropolitan Police officers working on Operation Withern, the force's investigation into the violence and looting, are still hunting those connected to the disorder. Borough commander Richard Wood said: "Officers from Operation Withern continue to arrest suspects nearly every day. We have plenty of CCTV footage which is being closely analysed by a team of experienced officers."

He added: "Our officers and PCOs [police community support officers] are on the streets of the borough looking for those being circulated as wanted. We will not rest until we have arrested them."

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