London riots teen jailed for four years

PUBLISHED: 14:15 14 March 2012

Yasin Tokgoz

Yasin Tokgoz

Hackney Police

A teenager who looted a series of stores during the London riots last summer has been jailed for four years.

Yasin Tokgoz, 19, who lived in Teale Street, Bethnal Green at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary at a Texaco service station, Carhartt store and a Cash Xchange store.

All the crimes were committed in Mare Street, Hackney on August 8 - the night of some of the worst scenes of disorder the capital has experienced in a generation.

Tokgoz also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary of JD Sports and violent disorder.

He was identified from CCTV and photographs taken by a member of the public.

In the Texaco raid, he is among a group who use a newspaper stand to shatter the glass door and he was later seen throwing an object at a moving bus.

Tokgoz, who now lives in Holmleigh Road, Stoke Newington, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court last Thursday.

Acting Det Insp Perry Benton, senior investigating officer from the Operation Withern group in Hackney’s, said his team was “extremely pleased with the long sentence” and said the Met are continuing to “trawl through CCTV footage” of the disorder.

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