A mayor has apologised after she said 2011's riots were "the best thing that's happened" in her community for a while.
Sheila Peacock's comments about Tottenham - dubbed the "epicentre" of the riots two years ago by its MP David Lammy - have upset residents who were forced to flee as homes and businesses burnt.
The police shooting of Mark Duggan in north London sparked a wave of rioting, arson and looting that spread across parts of the UK.
Yet in an interview for an online documentary, the mayor of Haringey - which includes Tottenham - said: "The second riots that we've just had was the best thing that's happened in Tottenham for a while.
"My reason for saying that is all of a sudden the Government is now starting to pump money into Tottenham. Because Haringey is an out-of-London borough, so we don't get as much money as Islington or Hackney, we've been struggling for years."
A council spokesman said Ms Peacock was out of the country, but issued a statement from the mayor, saying: "As many people know, I have lived all of my life in Tottenham and am very proud to be an ambassador for the area I love.
"It was certainly not my intention for my comments to cause any offence, and I'm very sorry if they did."