CROYDON RIOTS: Reeves Corner boss labels fire "a catastrophe"
A huge fire is currently raging at Reeves Corner furniture store, which has stood in the town for more than 100 years.
A distruaght Trevor Reeves, owner of the family firm, described the arson attack as "mindless thuggery".
He told the Advertiser: "My first thoughts are this is a complete catastrophe.
"We've been here since 1867. They've (the police) completely lost control, there's no law and order.
"They should bring the Army in."
The blaze is so severe that the fire brigade is struggling to bring it under control.
Our reporter Gareth Davies, who has been at the scene since the start of the riots earlier this evening, has told how crews are manfully battling the blaze at Reeves Corner.
At 10.50pm he tweeted: "James Jewellery in Church Street was smashed into. Now boarded up. Town centre seems a lot quieter."
At 11pm, Gareth tweeted: "Croydon town centre is a lot quieter. People are out on the streets but in disbelief not anger."
Other Twitter users have expressed their disgust and sadness at the evening's events.
Kris De Souza wrote: "Every time I see Reeves Corner I genuinely cry, a long standing family business ruined by pointless, mindlessness. My thoughts are with them."
Croydon Councillor Simon Hoar tweeted: "Nothing to do with any issue they have. These are common thieves and criminals more interested in getting a free telly."
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