Police ordered to pay compensation for riot damage to Enfield Sony Centre (From Enfield Independent)
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Police will pay compensation for the destruction of Enfield Sony Centre during the 2011 London riots
Two years after it was destroyed in the London riots, insurance companies have won compensation from the police to pay for looting and arson at a Sony distribution centre.
The Sony distribution centre in Solar Way, Enfield, was burnt down during the London riots of 2011 and the High Court last week ruled that the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) will pay for damage caused to the centre under the Riot Damages Act.
The building was destroyed on August 8, 2011, and the barrister for the police argued this was a planned raid and not a result of the riot.
But Mr Justice Flaux felt otherwise and said that the group of more than 20 youths were acting “riotously.”
He also felt that the police could have prevented the incident after receiving numerous public calls after rioting in Enfield Town the previous night and with fears they could strike again.
No amount has been set, but insurers for Sony wanted £49.5million for the damage while insurers for the owners of the warehouse had sought £9.35million.
The centre was rebuilt and reopened by Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, September 14, 2012.
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