Despite public outrage few people have turned up at courts to see justice meted out.
At Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, south London, David Pickering from Brixton was the sole person sitting in the public benches waiting to see the court proceedings. He said: “I just wanted to see their faces and who they are. I’m angry about what’s happened and want to know why think they can break windows and steal from shops as if it doesn’t matter.”
In the dock was Piotr Dziedzic, a Polish immigrant who police found in a betting shop in Clapham. Charged with burglary with intent to steal, he appeared indifferent to the charges. He was not required to enter a plea and was remanded in custody.
Others on the court list face similar charges ranging from burglary to possessing an offensive weapon.
At Westminster magistrates court it was revealed that university graduate Natasha Reid had handed herself into police because she was "unable to sleep" after stealing a television from an electrical store in north London.