A suspected gang of Romanian and Lithuanian pickpockets is about to get an early-morning wake-up call as a sleepy street in Barking, east London, is invaded by armed police.
As the police march in single file, the sound of their heavy boots echoes around the estate, stirring residents out of their beds to peep through their curtains.
On cue, a group of officers shout: “Police! Police!” as they slam a heavy metal rod into the front door of a terraced home. They break it open and a dozen officers swarm inside.
The front door of a neighbouring house is also smashed open, and there are screams and shouts from terrified occupants who are hustled into the living room while the houses are searched for stolen goods.