Daughter filmed "looting" trainers has shamed us, says mother
Published 10/08/2011 | 08:04
The mother of a woman filmed apparently looting after rioting has spoken of her shame and despair at her daughter’s lawless actions .
The Daily Telegraph today identifies 22-year-old Shereka Leigh as the woman seen brazenly trying on training shoes taken from a sports shop in Tottenham, north London.
The unemployed mother-of-one, who was recently evicted from her council flat, made no attempt to hide her identity as she joined others rifling through stock at a branch of JD Sports close to where the riots began at the weekend.
She was one of a group who made off with thousands of pounds worth of items last Sunday morning as residents in Tottenham attempted to clean up from the previous night’s destruction.
Her mother, Navlet Robinson, 42, condemned her daughter’s actions yesterday. Speaking from her home in Tottenham, Miss Robinson said: “The first I knew of it was when I switched on the television and saw her trying on the shoes.
“I couldn’t believe it, but lots of people started to ring me and say that’s Shereka on the news.
“We fell out earlier this year and have not spoken since May. She can be a bad person and she causes me trouble so I don’t want to have anything to do with her. She can be aggressive and we no longer speak.
“All I care about is my little four-year-old grandson, Kevantae, but I haven’t seen him for a while, only passing in the street when he gets excited to see me.”
She added: “It makes me sad when I see what is happening in London. People have worked hard to build up their businesses and make a better life for themselves, but then they are having them destroyed by looters and people burning them down.”
Miss Leigh was born in Newham, but has spent most of her life in Tottenham, growing up in the streets around where this week’s disorder first began.
She became pregnant at 17 and was given a flat by Haringey Council. She later moved to a top floor two-bedroom property yards from Tottenham High Road, the scene of much of the weekend violence and destruction.
Neighbours in the block, from where she was recently evicted, said she was a troublemaker who was always having parties and creating lots of noise.
One of her neighbours, who asked not to be identified, said: “She was evicted about four weeks ago and we don’t know where she has gone now.
“We were very relieved when she left though because she was always creating problems for us. She always had friends round who would slam doors and play music. There are children here and so it was very bad.”
Another of the tenants in the block added: “I am not sure why she left. I heard there was a problem with her tenancy agreement, but things are much better now. She made lots of problems. I recognised her as the person in the paper and I was not surprised.”
Miss Leigh’s mother said she was not even aware that her daughter had moved. She said: “I have no idea where she is now. She is nothing to do with me any more.”
A friend of Miss Leigh’s refused to say where she had moved but confirmed she was still living in Tottenham.