While the London riots are no laughing matter, it’s surely in keeping with the capital’s Blitz spirit that a few chortles have resulted.

Like the looter snapped on Twitter running off with not a plasma TV or a new pair of trainers but… a large bag of Value rice from Tesco.

And while Marks & Spencer was doubtless grateful that its Clapham Junction branch escaped the mayhem on Monday night, it doesn’t say much for its fashion credentials with youngsters that every other store on the street was ‘explored’ except it.