Last updated at 8:50 AM on 16th August 2011
An Oxford law graduate hurled bricks at police officers in broad daylight during London’s riots last week, a court heard, while two sons of an evangelist minister have been accused of looting from an Iceland in Croydon.
Fahim Wahid Alam, 25, is accused of joining a mob that attacked police in Hackney at the height of the riots on Monday afternoon and Sam and Michael Caillaux targeted the supermarket at the height of the chaos.
Alam, who also has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, attacked police as he walked home from a job interview with the London Civic Forum, Highbury Corner magistrates’ court heard yesterday.
The group works to promote ‘healthy communities’ and an ‘inclusive civil society’ – and strongly condemns the riots on its website.
The Caillaux brothers’ father, Remi, is the head of several charities and travels the globe preaching the word of God.
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The pair live in Purley, South London, and appeared in court charged with burglary.
While Samuel, 20, did not enter a plea, Michael, 18, indicated that he would plead not guilty and they will both face magistrates in Camberwell today.
Their father told the Daily Mirror: ‘I have just come back from Ghana to London and I haven’t seen them yet. I need to find out what happened.’
Alam is alleged to have thrown two bricks at police officers, one of which hit a constable on the leg, during almost three hours of disorder outside Hackney Town Hall. He was arrested later that evening.
Police on Mare Street came under attack from bricks, bottles, and fireworks in one of the worst clashes witnessed in the capital during three days of rioting.
Alam claimed he had not taken part in the riot and was on the street because it was the only way he could walk to his grandmother’s house.
MOTHER WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN CROYDON RIOTS IS SAVED BY ‘GRAN IN A VAN’
A mother and her three-year-old son who had their home destroyed by fire during last week’s riots were helped to rebuild their lives by a stranger.
Charlene Munro, 30, and toddler Cam’ron were left homeless after riots in Croydon, south London saw their flat destroyed by a blaze. They were rehoused but without any possessions.
Sue Duncan, a 74-year-old great-grandmother who runs charity Flood Aid UK, drove from her home in Suffolk with a van full of furniture and electrical goods to help the single mother.
Miss Munro told the Daily Express: ‘If it wasn’t for Sue, I would still have nothing. I can never say ”thank you” enough. I am so happy.’
Widow Mrs Duncan added: ‘I can’t sit back and watch people suffer.
‘There isn’t enough help for people in Britain – the Government don’t help as much as they should.’
The defendant, who lives with his parents, two brothers and a sister in Walthamstow, North-East London, graduated from Oxford University in 2007. He later studied for a Master of Science degree in race, ethnicity and post-colonial studies at LSE. He graduated with merit in 2009.
A spokesman for London Civic Forum told the Daily Telegraph that Alam had been offered a job as an intern researcher but added that his job offer would now be reconsidered in light of his arrest.
On the group’s website, under the headline ‘Londoners Unite After Riots’, it states: ‘London Civic Forum is shocked and saddened by the wave of destruction that has rocked our city and others over the last three days.’
Alam, who has been charged with violent disorder, has been remanded until September 5.