London riots: Barking looters to be evicted from their homes

Looters involved in street violence on Monday night will be evicted from their homes, the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council vowed today.

Liam Smith also pledged to work with the Met to identify hundreds of thugs who ran amok in Barking Town Centre after 7pm.

He spoke out after police dispersed more than 200 youths who had converged on the Heathway, Dagenham, last night. No major incidents or fires were reported overnight.

Cllr Smith said: “Attacking our community in this way is shocking and stupid.

“We will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action against these people including seeking Asbos for any local person convicted of offences relating to these disturbances and will seek to evict any of our tenants who are found guilty of such crimes.”