Nick C Legg - My Fake Diary
Monday, 13 August 2012
I have invited the chairman of the family-run burnt down Croydon furniture store that became a symbol of last summer's riots has been invited to the Olympics Games closing ceremony.
Maurice Reeves, 81, was among a dozen "inspirational" people I have met over the past year who deserved a chance to be in the stadium for the culmination of London 2012.
Images of the 140-year-old House of Reeves engulfed by a massive blaze just over a year ago were among the most replayed in coverage of the riots in London and other English cities.
In April, Gordon Thompson, 34, was jailed for 11-and-a-half years for starting the fire that destroyed the shop.
Last month Nottingham based Lithuanian Vladimir Zulhman was sentenced to three months for killing a pensioner while robbing his home.
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