Anorak | Innocent Daniel Sartain-Clark Is The Daily Mail’s ‘Riot Boy’ Being Evicted From His Battersea Council Home

Innocent Daniel Sartain-Clark Is The Daily Mail’s ‘Riot Boy’ Being Evicted From His Battersea Council Home

by | 13th, August 2011

DANIEL Sartain-Clarke is “RIOT BOY”. The Daily Mail leads with news that the 18-year-old and his mother have been served with an eviction notice form their flat in Clapham. The front-page headline declares:


Sartain-Clarke lives in a £225,000 taxpayer-subsidised flat ”. (Does every alleged enemy of the state have a double-barrelled name? His lover is named J-Neil Starkei. Names matter in South London.)

Anorak loves it when the tabloid press put a figure on a property, especially a plastic-looking high-rise box in Battersea. The idea is that the alleged villain is living the good life but the paper defeats its own argument by showing readers a bland flat in what is now an area bedevilled by rioters. It’s worth £250,000 to whom?

Sartain-Clarke has yet to convicted of any crime. He has been charged with violent disorder and attempting to steal electronic goods from a Currys store at Clapham Junction ”.

And that, according to the paper, is enough to get him served with an eviction notice.

Under housing rules his mother – as the tenant – can be evicted from their two-bedroom flat in Battersea if anyone living there is involved in criminality.


But when he appeared before the magistrates in Battersea Sartain-Clarke pleaded not guilty to to burglary and violent disorder. He has been remanded in custody at Feltham Prison.

Ravi Govindia, the leader of Wandsworth Council, thunders:

“This council will do its utmost to ensure that those who are responsible pay a proper price. Ultimately this could lead to eviction from their homes. Our officers will continue to work with the courts to establish the identities of other council tenants or members of their households as more cases are processed in the coming days and weeks.”

He then offers this pap. Just in case you read this sort of thing in the Mail :

“Most residents on our housing estates are decent law-abiding citizens who will have been sickened at the scenes they witnessed on their TV screens this week.”

Good that he can speak for the majority.

“As much as anything else we owe it to them to send out a strong signal that this kind of violence will not be tolerated.”

Take local resident Maite de la Calva. She’s Daniel’s mum. Says she:

“I understand there are people who have got to face justice because all this has been madness and savagery.”

She must be one of the most the council leader speaks of.

“But, I believe our human rights have been completely taken for granted. Daniel was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a mother, I’m not responsible for my son’s actions and they are penalising me for his actions.”

He’s 18. She makes a good point. But she does have tenancy agreement and contracts are binding.

As the council tells us:

Introductory tenancy
Unless you are transferring from a secure tenancy, you will start your tenancy as an ‘Introductory Tenant’. Your introductory tenancy will last for one year. If you do not break any of the tenancy conditions during this time you will automatically become a secure tenant. As an ‘introductory tenant’ you do not have the same rights as a ‘secure tenant’.

The legislation governing introductory tenancies is strict. If you break any of the regulations you will lose your home. One of the conditions is that you must not have arrears of rent on your account. If you do get into arrears and your case goes to court an order for possession has to be awarded by the Judge.

Secure tenancy
As a secure tenant you have the right to stay

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