Area moves on from riot devastation

This week will mark a year since the police shooting of Mark Duggan, which was followed by a wave of rioting, looting and arson that spread across the country.

Father-of-four Mr Duggan was shot by officers on August 4 2011 after they stopped a taxi in Tottenham, north London.

Two days later, around 120 people went on a peaceful march in protest at his death, ending at Tottenham police station, before events suddenly spiralled out of control. In the next few days, the worst riots for decades spread across the country, with town and city centres battered by vandalism and arson, with shops looted.

Some of the most evocative images of the unrest were of historic furniture shop House of Reeves in Croydon, south London, which was razed to the ground by a massive fire, having stood on the site for more than 140 years.

Trevor Reeves, 57, was forced to watch his family business burn to the ground as firefighters were unable to tackle the blaze because the area had not been made safe by police.

"It's still pretty horrible, it's still pretty raw," he said. "We've been so busy that you don't think about it until someone asks you about it, and it's only when you start talking about it that you realise what a traumatic event it was."

The family had a second shop across the road from their landmark site at Reeves Corner, and are now running their business from there. A decision has yet to be made about what will happen to the land where the destroyed shop stood.

Arsonists also struck in north London, starting a massive fire at a Sony distribution centre in Enfield. The music giant has been granted permission to rebuild on the same site. In Tottenham, five buildings, including a branch of Carpetright that was consumed by a catastrophic fire, were declared unsafe, and three of those were demolished. Almost every shop in Tottenham Hale Retail Park was looted, and 55 homes were damaged by rioters.

Around £41 million has been raised in funds from central government, the London Mayor and Haringey Council to help regenerate the area, and on August 1 a plan up until 2025 is due to be unveiled. Carpetright is set to be re-built in the same style as the old building, and it is hoped that the shop will reopen in early 2014. The area will also see the construction of Tottenham Hotspur FC's new stadium.

Leader of Haringey Council Claire Kober said Tottenham was a scene of "utter devastation" after the first night of unrest. Ms Kober said: "It's no secret that there was a need for regeneration in Tottenham before the riots. What the riots did was to make the regeneration a bigger programme. While we would never have wanted any of this to happen, looking at it in a positive way it has given us a huge opportunity."