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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Swift justice as first of thugs caught rioting are fast-tracked through courts - 10th Aug 2011

Courts have been holding hearings through the night as the first suspects accused of looting and rioting on Britain's streets face justice.

The cases are being fast-tracked because of the huge influx following more than 600 arrests in recent days.

Amond the first this morning was primary school worker Alexis Bailey, 31, from Battersea, south London, was pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal from a Richer Sounds store.

The 31-year-old was given bail but told her must adhere to a curfew. His case and many others have been committed to Wood Green Crown Court for sentencing.

Chair of magistrates Melvyn Marks told the court that the nature of the offences during a 'very violent riot' meant they did not have sufficient sentencing powers.

David Cameron has said today that he expects tough justice. Outside No10, he declared: 'It is for the courts to sentence but I would expect anyone convicted of violent disorder will be sent to prison.'

Cases were heard before a district judge overnight and magistrates took over this morning. One staff member said: 'It's just been constant.' Read More