Tuesday, 9 August 2011

09/08/11- Riot update blog

Continuing to collect information on the riot situation. Now that the 'thorties have woken up to the threat, hopefully tonight is going to be a lot quieter. Shops are closed off all over.
As ever, if there is no link , probably hear say, if linked, possibly not.

NOTE: I have effectively taken over this blog. Cassar, the individual who usually runs this blog has been unable get access to it due to riots in progress in Uxbridge. Relax Cassarfans, he'll return once the riots calm down and normal service will resume.

The Ugly
Boris starts off well , ends badly  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14464139
Glasgow teen arrested for inciting violence via facebook. http://t.co/yb0xRvk  Extreme but understandable, considering the riot liverpool facebook group yesterday appeared shortly before the liverpool riots.

Interview with Labour MP Tom Watson. Evertime I see him, all I can think of is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4oNjTuTz-8

Possible that riot hysteria is setting in?
Psychology of the rioters http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14463452
Official government petition to remove all benefits from rioters epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/7337

The Bad
Attitudes of rioters - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14458424
Shops closing early all over london.
Rumours of riots planned in Oxford
http://www.riotcleanup.com/pages/riot-warning - Warning of locations for riots tonight
15.36- Trouble in sutton with looting happening in supermarkets
15.46- rumoured activity in wolverhampton-but has been resolved.
a lot of similar reports of outbreaks of violence closed down by police.
17000 police on the streets, compared to 1700 yesterday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkWtMNBgf48 Riot fail
On my way from work, noticed Shepherds bush is in lockdown, police protecting west field.
London appears to be more or less under control, with small outbreak of violence. However, outside of London, looters/rioters are causing trouble. My ability to report news outside of london is less good than the BBC. Or even Sky news.
Canning circus police station is firebombed by 30-40 assailants.

Break-ins in houses in Wembley, watch out !

Orange hill road in burnt oak being attacked.http://yfrog.com/z/kl2bnpdj

Flatmate got back. Hammersmith Broadway is now in lockdown. No one gets in or out.  According to him "summat happening in shepherd's bush". Either way, police heading north. update: A police van has stopped a set of people. Reports of vans driving towards Acton.

The Good

The hashtag that changed london-  #riotcleanup 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixel-eight/6024429000/- Londoners in camden Making tea for the police, using riot shield as a tea tray. #operation cup of tea
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/aug/09/insurance-companies-pay-out-riots?CMP=twt_gu Insurers pledge to come through for riot victims.
http://yfrog.com/kkjmhqaj planking occurring during riots, londoners still have sense of humour
As ever, the best coverage can be found at
Jab that donate button, these citizen journos have really earned it.

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