England’s smash-and-grabbers were getting a dose of their own medicine today.
Suspects wanted over violence were being raided throughout the day as the police fightback began.
Designer clothes worth thousands of pounds were recovered from one flat alone as the first of hundreds of anticipated raids kicked off.
At one operation briefing, a Scotland Yard police chief ordered officers to keep the horror sustained by Britons in mind as they hit back in a firm but “legally robust” manner.
Intelligence-led swoops by 50 officers followed violent scenes in Sloane Square on Monday, where up to a million pounds-worth of damage was caused.
A Hugo Boss shop was the target of about 40 looters who emptied the store of its contents on Tuesday.
In response, four arrests were made today as suspects were dragged from their homes during searches in Pimlico, central London.