Woman jailed who stole from Hackney petrol station after mob battered down glass door

A woman who joined a mob to smash into and burgle a petrol station during last summer’s riots has been jailed for 12 months.

Mercedes Taylor was seen on CCTV at the Texaco Service Station in Mare Street, amongst a crowd which used a metal newspaper stand as a battering ram to break through the locked glass front door.

Once inside Taylor, 20, from Romford in Essex, stole several items including a bottle of wine.

She pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed at Wood Green Crown Court on Wednesday October 24.

Several riot suspects whose photos have been published in The Gazette over the last few weeks have handed themselves into police, having seen their mug-shots in the paper.

Detectives investigating the riots in Hackney last August have released photos of another batch of suspects, and they want Gazette readers to put names to the faces.

Officers are continuing to trawl through thousands of hours of CCTV footage from August 8, when rioting and looting erupted in the area of Clarence Road, Upper Clapton, and Mare Street in Hackney Central.

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Police working for the riot investigation unit, Operation Withern, have arrested more than 300 people so far in Hackney alone, but they have vowed to continue with their work until everyone involved in the disturbances has been brought to justice.

Anyone with information about the 10 suspects pictured above should call Operation Withern officers on 020 7275 3305, quoting the reference number given beneath the photo, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.