Monday, August 08, 2011

Live From London, Part Three

Some tweets:

Man shot in face in Chapeltown area of Leeds following reports of disturbances between black & Asian youths #riots

More groups gathering now in Westbourne Grove area #londonriots

Getting reports of an attack on a bar in Ealing. Customers trapped inside. #LondonRiots

Smell of smoke in the air and plenty of sirens coming and going around Hammersmith/Fulham area. Seems like they’re moving west #londonriots

It’s snowballing, Police are completely overwhelmed. Awful. Time for some hard as nails army back up #londonriots

VIDEO: Ransacking Debenhams, and police retreating from #claphamjunction leaving it to anarchy. HD #londonriots

RT @muskhalili: Evans cycles chalk farm rd being looted 50 youths no police #londonriots #chalkfarm

Woman jumps out of window to escape from burning building. This picture is completely mental. #londonriots

From skype:

Rumours of disorder elsewhere in Birmingham, notably Handsworth and Kings Heath, mostly black and Muslim areas

Just heard confirmation: rioters/looters have started at Bentley Bridge retail park in Wolverhampton. Also Walsall and Bloxwich.

From the notes to a video:
Shot at Clapham Junction, Monday 08th August, 9pm

The first violence at Clapham Junction saw people breaking into Debenhams department store and looting it.

There was one small squad of police in riot gear, standing on St John’s Road near the top of the street, but they were doing nothing whilst people went in and out of Debenhams.

Without anyone advancing on them, they then started to retreat, as the video shows, and quickly disappeared. This was the moment when the mob was given free reign of St John’s Road, which resulted in a hell of a lot more looting and violence.

From 9pm until when I left at 10:30pm, I didn’t see a single other police officer.

From the BBC:

Man Shot in Face in Chapeltown Street

A man is under armed police guard in hospital suffering “serious facial injuries” after being shot in a street in the Chapeltown area of Leeds.

Armed officers and a substantial police presence were evident on Saville Place on Monday evening.

Police said they had few details, but BBC television reporters at the scene said there had been crowd of up to 100 at the scene, and some were masked.

Later in the evening the crowd dispersed with no reports of trouble.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that a 34-year-old local man, who they did not name, had suffered gunshot injuries…

Hat tips: Gaia, Nilk.