I am sure I don’t need to give anyone the background information of what has been occurring in cities up and down the country.
The trouble which started in London on Saturday night has now spread to (among others) Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester. Groups of young people smashing up businesses, looting and setting fire to businesses and homes.
Whilst London was relatively calm last night but Manchester was under attack. I spoke to a friend who lives near the Arndale Shopping Centre in the city. He described having to make his way home through the mob last night and the sadness of seeing a local piano shop which had been raided.
In London we have seen shops that have been in business for generations ruined, we have had people mugged and attacked in the street and we have had widespread looting. I had tears in my eyes watching the live news on Monday evening of buildings in the capital burning. It is shocking to me that this has been done by fellow London residents. This was not the work of terrorists, this was the youth of our own city attacking their own neighbourhoods.
After three nights of violence in London we had a seemingly quiet night on Tuesday. This was mainly due to the 16,000 police officers who had flooded the streets.
I, like the majority of London residents have had enough. People have shown their love and solidarity by grouping together to clean up the mess left by the riots. Groups of “Riot Wombles” have taken to the streets and shown how great this city really is. This is our home, we live, work and socialise in this city. We love our city and hope that the worst is now behind us.