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Monday, 8 August 2011

08/08/2011 UK Riot Reports

Thank you to those that have joined in with this evenings Live blog and that have kept me informed of what has been happening in your areas. For more news and updates you can follow my two twitter accounts @danielmackrell and @mackingnews.
Would also like to thank the police for all the work not just this evening, but for the previous two evenings as well.

01:34 - Thank you for joining me throughout tonights events, i will be posting a full blog of analysis and fresh updates tommorow.
01:23 - Buildings in North Croydon remain on fire as firefighters continue to tackle the blazes.
01:19 - West Midlands police have said that 87 people have been arrested in connection with the riots.

01:12 - Bristol is reportedly another area experiencing riots.

01:08 - It seems a number of vehicles have been set alight s ell as some other criminal damage in Liverpool.

01:05 - All London football clubs have been asked too call off  matches.

01:02 - Some claims that rioting has now begun in Liverpool, although far from confirmed.

00:55 - Around 1,700 extra officers have been deployed overnight

00:53 - Sky News Reporter Mark Stone tweeted the following picture of the Party Superstore that has been on fire in Clapham. -

00:49 - Large Sony Warehouse in Enfield now on fire.

00:47 - An unmanned Police Station in Brmingham, Holyhead Road Hansworth is now on fire.

00:40 - Homes are also being targeted, with empty bottles being thrown at windows.

00:30 - Police have told some residents in Clapham that they need to evacuate.

00:23 - Smoke coming out of Party superstore, fire officer seem to be trying to access the higher stories of the building according to Sangita Myska. As far as officers are aware, residents around the superstore have been evacuated, but cannot yet be confirmed.

00:21 - At Clapham, the party store has had helium placed at the building, and rioters have taken masks from the shop to cover thier faces accoding to Sangita Myska in Clapham.

00:18 - Scotland Yard have said that 225 people ahae been arrested, and 36 people have been charged.

00:15 - Thier have been many reports throughout tonight of low police presense in certain areas, as well as a number of people stating that police have been outnumbered on some occasions.

00:10 - Carphone Warehouse in Clapham Junction is now on fire.

00:07 - Reports of hundreds of youths looting Woolwich shops.

00:02 - Flames have now reached the 2nd storey of the building.

23:59 - A three storey party superstore shop in Clapham Junction (opposite debenhams) has caught fire. It is not yet known if anybody is inside. Thier are many onlookers and destressed people as police try to gain control of the situation.

23:49 - A car in notting hill has been set alight and shop windows have been smashed in the area.

23:47 - Reports that a shopping centre in Ealing is indeed on fire.

23:46 - Ed Milliband will now also be returning from his holiday, along with David Cameron and Boris Johnson which were confirmed earlier this evening. The Prime Minister will be chairing the COBRA meeting which will start at 9am says Downing Street.

23:44 - The shooting in Croydon does appear to be a non-fatal shot.

23:42 - Ealing shopping centre has become the latest target area, windows have been smashed throughout Ealing.

23:40 -  Referring back to the report earlier about Ladbrokes and CEX in Tooting, it seems rioters have shattered front windows of Ladbrokes, in Franciscan Road, Tooting, and nearby CEX, in Mitcham Road.

23:37 - Boris Johnson will indeed be joining Prime Minister David Cameron in coming home from his holiday early to deal with the current situation.

23:36 -35 people have so far been arrested in Birmingham this evening.

23:34 - A shot of the google map -

23:32 - Another Google Maps has been set up by @jamescridland, this time highlighting confirmed London Riot areas http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=207192798388318292131.0004aa01af6748773e8f7&msa=0&ie=UTF8&ll=51.536086,-0.056305&spn=0.39294,0.630341&z=10&source=embed

23:28 - Police have now confirmed that a man has been shot and injured in Croydon.

23:22 - An eye witness in Clapham claims to have been told by police to stay away because police are currently outnumbered 20 to 200 according to BBC reporter Sangita Myska.

23:20 - Some police in Clapham are not properly equipped with riot ngear or shields, meaning they have no choice but too wait for more back up whilst more masked looters continue to run past with bags of items.

23:13 - Still mixed reports about areas such as Tooting, police sirens may possibly be heading to places such as Clapham and Croydon.

23:09 - Charlton against Reading has also now been postponed on police advice, and thier is currently disucussions of postponing wednesdays England match.

23:05 -  Road are reportedly being blocked in areas around mitcham and tooting. West Ham have also postponed thier Carling Cup match against Aldershot which was scheduled for tommorow.

23:03 - Currently no major signs of riots in Tooting Broadway area, but a number of sirens are being heard and most places are closed.

23:00 - Phone stores in Woolwich High Street are being now looted.

22:58 - Many pubs and clubs in the Earlsfield, Tooting and Sothside area are closing, making sure that both customers and staff get home safely with many reports that rioters are now spreading to those areas.

22:56 - Thier are many people saying that they can see smoke and hear sirens across Tooting. More information as I get it.

22:54 - Reported photo from Tooting

22:49 - Claims that also Ladbrokes and CEX in Tooting are now being targeted.

22:47 - Police have entered stores and other areas around London today insturcting people to be careful and on guard.

22:44 - Claims of rioting now in areas such as Tooting and Colliers Wood. Many are now reporting that Harveys furniture store in Colliers Wood is now on fire

22:40 - Some reports that rioting is now erupting in Luton.

22:38 - Another picture from Andrew Hough of a smashed window in south london -

22:36 - Clapham Junction Station is currently being looted.

22:34 - Daniela Ritorto (BBC Journalist) states that she's seen a number of people carrying armfulls of items from stores such as debenham in St Johns Road. She states she hasn't seen a police officer for over 1 & 1/2 hours, as she remains unables to go home. She states that thier are currently hundreds and hundreds in the area.

22:31 - Andrew Hough also tweeted the following - 'Anarchy on the streets of south London tonight. No police in sight. '

22:30 - General news reporter for UK Daily Telegraph, Andrew Hough tweeted the following picture from south london -

22:26 - The huge blaze in Croydon continues, and is being considered he most serious situation right now as the riots seem to be occuring in small groups.
22:23- 0808/2011 New York Times front page -

22:20 - 09/09/2011 The Guardian front page

22:16 -  Pictures are starting to circulate across social networks showing louters and rioters. Won't be displaying them till confirmation is made of thier involvement in todays riots.

22:13 - Firefighters are continuing to tackle the fires in Croydon.

22:09 - A policeman in Clapham has reportedly been injured after being struck with a missile, and cars are being petrol bombed.

22:06 - The Guardian Deputy Editor - Katharine Viner tweets - 'Peckham cops told me that people were coming to the capital from all over the country to join in '

22:03 - Polcie are currently strugling to seperate the public from the rioters.

21:58 - Al areas of Clapham are now victim of the riots as the west is being slowly taken over.

21:55 - Police now say to avoid any part of Croydon town centre north of the flyover.

21:51 - The store that was completely engulfed in fire, called 'House of Reeves' has been trading for 140 years.

21:47 - People are being instructed to go home if they are not already, and parents have been instructed to call thier children home if they haven't already.

21:45 - Chris Rogers (BBC Correspondent) -  'An intimidating scenario...'
Rogers claims thier is no sight of police officers whilst Debenhams in Clapham is being completely destroyed. The current belief is that they've deemed the situation even too dangerous for the police to get involved themselves.

21:44 - Police are controlling some access routes in Bimringham, whilst a number of officers continue to control events inside the city.

21:43 - Masked youths have been seen looting stores in Birimingham.

21:41 - Additional police are being sent to Croydon to help combat rioters.

21:39 -Bottles are reportedly being thrown at police in Hackney.

21:36 - No police guarding stores such as Currys in Clapham, and looting has been the main focus.

21:33 -
Homes are now also being set on fire in Croydon.

21:30 - Fire trucks took a while to access the fires in Croydon because of blocked off roads by police to protect the pbulic from the riots.

21:26 -
21:24 - Peckham reportedly still having problems.

21:22 - Croydon tram tracks and overhead cabling on fire.

21:18 - Can't confirm at this stage but thier are rumours that clapham is starting to experience rioting.

21:14 - David Cameron will be flying back home to London tommorow and holding a very important COBRA meeting tommorow to address the situation.

21:11 - More shop windows have been smashed, and cars are still being set a light, many people are currently unable to to go home and have been blocked by police for thier own safety.

21:09 - Met police have called for more air support for surrey and sussex.

21:05 - A map is available to view where most tweets with the hastag #londonriots are occuring. http://londonriotsmap.appspot.com/

21:04 - Only one fire tender has so far been able to reach the furniture store completely ablaze in Croydon.

21:03 - Police are currently struggling to contain the rioters in Croydon.

21:02 - Fox and Hounds Pub in near West Croydon Station has been emptied with doors blocked as rioters storm through.

21:00 Metopolitan Police have confirmed that they will be publishing an equivillent of www.identifyrioters.com

20:58 - Two police helicopters are now circling Croydon.

20:57 - Building in the centre of Croydon are now on fire. A lot of smoke and flames seen coming from buildings. Several shops have been smashed, and a double decker bus is also on fire.

20:55 - The following train stations are delayed or cancelled because of the riots -
  • Barking
Chiltern Railways
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill
First Capital Connect
  • Peckham Rye
London Overground
  • Barking
  • Hackney Central
  • West Croydon
National Express East Anglia
  • Bethnal Green
  • Peckham Rye
  • Woolwich Arsenal
  • South Bermondsey
  • Queens Road Peckham
  • West Croydon
  • Peckham Rye
20:51 - Standoffs between the police and the public continue in Birmingham.

20:49 - Police pulling back in Hackeny, beleif that some rioting is now under control.

20:48 - A number of trainer and mobile phone stores are currently being targeted in Birmingham.

Photo tweeted by @sallygainsbury

20:44 - Ken Livingston - 'I'm not suprised...' Fromer London mayor claism that police had warned the government of rioting months ago. Believes violence like this was clear months ago.

20:42 - West Midlands police in stand-off around Birmingham City Centre. Many young teenagers have reportedly been seen involved in the riots.


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