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London riots: Looter in wheelchair jailed

  • 10 October 2011
  • From the section London
David Knott
Knott was wheeled away with a TV on his lap

A looter in a wheelchair who made off with a television from a ransacked shop has been jailed for a year.

David Christopher Knott, 18, from Eltham, south-east London, had a broken leg when rioting swept the capital in August.

CCTV captured Knott waiting by Argos in Powis Street, Woolwich, in his wheelchair. A man placed a TV on his lap before wheeling him away.

Knott pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods at Inner London Crown Court.

He was also convicted of assault with intent to commit robbery and a separate offence of taking a vehicle without consent, for which he received a two month concurrent sentence.

Commander Richard Wood of the Metropolitan Police said: "Officers from Operation Withern [which targets rioters] continue to arrest suspects nearly every day.

"We have plenty of CCTV footage which is being closely analysed by a team of experienced officers.

"Our officers are on the streets of the borough looking for those being circulated as wanted."

He added: "We will not rest until we have arrested them."

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