London riots: Youth ambassador Chelsea Ives admits charges

A former London youth ambassador has admitted being involved in violent disorder and damaging a marked police car during riots in London.

Chelsea Ives, 18, admitted one count of burglary, damaging property and two counts of violent disorder in Enfield and Hackney on 7 and 8 August.

Miss Ives, of Leytonstone, admitted the four charges at Wood Green Crown Court.

She was appointed an Olympic youth ambassador by Waltham Forest Council in 2008/09.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the teenager admitted to a charge of burglary and violent disorder in connection with an attack on a T-Mobile store and an incident in Church Street in Enfield on 7 August.

She also pleaded guilty to damaging a marked police car on the same street that day.

Miss Ives also admitted to violent disorder during an incident at Lower Clapton Road in Hackney on the following day.

'Very talented athlete'

Two other charges, of burglary, will lie on file, the court said.

Miss Ives, who has been described by the council's leader as a "very talented athlete", represented her school as an Olympic youth ambassador.

The date of her sentencing is yet to be fixed and she has been remanded in custody.

Image caption Laura Johnson must live and sleep at her parents' house in Orpington

In another case, a 19-year-old Exeter University student, Laura Johnson, who is accused of stealing items worth £5,000 during riots in south-east London, has been ordered to wear an electronic tag.

Miss Johnson, reported to be a millionaire's daughter, faces five charges of burglary over raids at Comet in Charlton.

She was given conditional bail at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court and ordered to observe a curfew between 19:00 BST and 06:00 BST.

Miss Johnson, who is yet to enter a plea, will appear at Inner London Crown Court on 5 October.

The student, who is reading English and Italian at university, was also barred from entering any London postcode except to visit her lawyers and to appear at court. She was asked to stay at her parents' home during the curfew hours in Orpington, which has a Kent postcode.

More than 2,590 people have been arrested by the police and more than 1,500 people face charges following days of rioting and looting across London last month.

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