Police arrest mother (22) who was pictured trying on looted trainers
Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00
The young mother caught on camera trying on trainers she had apparently just looted from a sports shop has been arrested.
The image of Shereka Leigh (22), calmly inspecting and then trying on footwear in broad daylight epitomised the lawlessness that allowed hundreds of stores in London to be looted in the aftermath of the riots.
On Wednesday the woman was identified as a mother of one, from Tottenham, north London.
Scotland Yard detectives swooped on her flat yesterday, 500 yards from the Tottenham Hale retail park where she allegedly stole the trainers.
Officers broke down the door of her flat, above an electrical goods shop, and later led her out in handcuffs.
She tried to shield her identity wearing a hat and dark glasses with a scarf over her face. She was held on suspicion of burglary.
Inside the flat they found a copy of the article which disclosed her identity. Detectives also removed a shopping trolley.
Officers also took empty laptop boxes, shoe boxes and a box of hair straighteners which they found in a storage bin by the side of her flat.
It is understood detectives have linked some of the items to goods looted from shops on the retail estate.
They also seized the clothes she was wearing on the day that she was pictured apparently looting.
Her son, Kevantae (4) had to be looked after by a friend while his mother was taken to a police station.
Miss Leigh was pictured with a group of people at a retail park last Sunday.
Her mother has said she is ashamed of her daughter's alleged actions.
"The first I knew of it was when I switched on the television and saw her trying on the shoes," said Navlet Robinson, (42). "I couldn't believe it.
"We fell out earlier this year and we have not spoken since May.
"I don't want to have anything to do with her. 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. It makes me sad when I see what is happening in London." (© Daily Telegraph, London)