(Original post by The Guardian)
The Riots (Damages) Act 1886 specifies that where damage is caused by people "riotously and tumultuously assembled", local police authorities are required to compensate victims.
The Met, which faces a particularly heavy bill, said it would meet any cost from its reserves, which are funded by the taxpayer.
Of course its not good that the tax payer will be footing the bill, but I am glad that these businesses that were looted and burnt down will be compensated (hopefully).
I'd rather have my taxes spent on these people that now really need it, rather than other ****e. So I won't mind cuts to other areas to cover the bill. Even though I live no where near London.
Hopefully the courts will make the rioters pay for a substantial percentage through unpaid work, even after they are released from prison.
That is only if they are successfully prosecuted though, which I have no faith in whatsoever. If these kids are clever, call a solicitor etc. chances are many will get away if there is no clear cut evidence. Then again - the CPS may take their chances and take it to court because the juries in these cases are not going to be lenient at all!