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Hackney riots: Mum and daughter jailed

PUBLISHED: 14:08 08 December 2011 | UPDATED: 14:12 08 December 2011

Clarice Ali

Clarice Ali

Hackney Police

A mum and daughter who went on the rampage together during the summer riots were both behind bars this week – with the daughter handed what’s believed to be the longest prison term given to any Hackney resident convicted to date.

Mum Clarice Ali, 38, joined Chantelle Dixon-Ali, 20, in Clarence Road, Lower Clapton, which saw the worst of the violent disorder during the disturbances on August 8.

CCTV footage caught the pair breaking into Clarence Convenience store, and showed Dixon-Ali looting it.

They were also captured on film outside the shop – Ali was seen swearing at the cameras while her daughter kept her face covered.

The pair, who stood in the dock together, were sentenced on Friday at Wood Green Crown Court.

Ali received two years and her daughter will be locked up in a young offenders’ institution for 28 months.

Dixon-Ali and her mother, both of Sandringham Road, Dalston, were each charged with violent disorder and burglary on October 21.

On November 11, Ali pleaded guilty to violent disorder, but denied burglary, so the second charge was dropped.

She was found guilty of violent disorder, while Dixon-Ali pleaded guilty to both charges.

The guilty pleas meant there was no need for a jury trial.

Shopkeeper Siva Kandiah, who has renamed his store Siva’s Shop, was devastated when looters stole his entire stock and even took some of the building’s fittings and fixtures.

“I feel like justice has been done,” he told the Gazette.

Det Insp Phil Langworthy, from Hackney’s riot investigation unit, the Withern Team, said he was pleased with the court results, which “demonstrated police dedication” to catching rioters and looters.

He added: “If you were involved in the disorder, then I encourage you to come forward before we come to you.

“We have countless images and clips where people’s masks have fallen down, or have been removed for a cigarette break; we will continue to trawl through this for as long as it takes.”


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