London riots: Not guilty pleas over Reeves store fire

Gordon Thompson, arriving at Croydon Magistrates Court on 15 Aug 2011 Gordon Thompson did not enter pleas on the burglary and violent disorder charges

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A man accused of starting a fire which destroyed a furniture store in Croydon during the London riots has pleaded not guilty to two counts of arson.

Gordon Thompson, of Waddon Road, Croydon, south London, was charged over the fire at House of Reeves Furniture Store on 8 August.

The 33-year-old was remanded in custody at Inner London Crown Court until his trial on 20 February.

He is also charged with three counts of burglary and one of violent disorder.

He will return to the court to enter pleas on these charges on 28 October.

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