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'Convict and evict' following riots

Westminster Council statement

Westminster council is set to seek to evict any council tenant found guilty of taking part in riots in the city, the council announced today (10th August).

Cllr Jonathan Glanz, Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Social housing is a privilege, not a right and as such we will look to evict social housing tenants convicted for criminal behaviour during the riots.

“If householders or their children are proven guilty of looting the capital’s shops, setting our streets alight or wreaking havoc in our communities then they will face the consequences of their actions.

“Tenants have a responsibility to uphold standards – if the perpetrators are old enough to be out alone smashing up our streets, they are old enough to be responsible for their eviction.

“The vast majority of social tenants are hard-working, law abiding people who pay their taxes and raise their children to have respect for other people and their property but others who chose to declare war on our streets and communities must take responsibility for their own behaviour.”

Housing minister Grant Shapps has also shown his support for stronger action and today said he will back social landlords who evict tenants involved in any rioting.

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