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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

09/08/2011 London Riots - Live Updates

Thank you for joining me in this live blog and for contributing information and images. Unfortunatly, i'm unable to continue this blog throughout the evening, but to read future blogs, and to find out about future live blog posts, you can follow this blog(if you have a google account), follow me on twitter, or subscribe to my RSS feed by entering your email address into the box on the left.
Thank you once again, and if your in any area that is currently the target of riots and looting - stay safe.
I will be directing people to other sources for riot information on my Twitter during the next 15 minutes.

18:55 - Greater Manchester is now experiencing riots.
18:44 - A number of roads closed off in West Bromwich and cars have been set on fire.

18:37 - Several shops in West Bromwich have had windows smashed.

18:34 - Reported disorder in Wolverhampton City Centre.

18:32 - Reports of shops being looted in Salford.

18:29 - Rebekah Hanbury has submitted the following images of Wimbledon Centre Court being boarded up. -

18:26 - Thier seems to currently be a conrontation between police and rioters in West Bromwich

18:23 -An image of the damage done in Reeves Corner -

18:20 - Wimbledon seems very well protected, and thier are still no signs of riots in the area.

18:14 - Kary Yeung has submitted this image showing a number of police officers outside east croydon station. -

18:09 - @itstwittAR has this image of Croydon today after the devestating riots last night.

18:04 - Similar riot vans are being spotted across London, it seems that officers are doing thier best to ensure a safer night than yesterday

18:02 - The vehicles seem to be convoys, similar to those used in Croydon last night, Met Police felt that the use of them were fairly successful.

17:57 - Many police vans have been seen driving through Croydon. Hope to bring you pictures shortly.

17:44 - News of riots has gone quiet right now, however trouble in Wimbledon Village is expected to slowly move over to Wimbledon.

17:31 - Still reports of minor damage in Wimbledon Village, but still no major concerns or news of riots starting up so far.

17:28 - Hannah Shakir (www.bbmlive.com) has submitted the following from Kingston showing thier shopping centre closed amid fears of riots.

17:25 - For those with travel concerns in London, I advise you to look at @BBCTravelAlert as they are providing constant updates. Alternatively you can tune into 94.9 which is giving updates every 15 minutes.

17:21 - Nick Olynyk (www.nickolynyk.com) has submitted this photo of more boarded up shops in Wimbledon, the whole areas seems very prepared for riots.

17:17 - If you have anything to contribute or want to express your opinions, either tweet me or comment in the comment box below.

17:14 - While police have been expecting riots to start in Wimbledon at around 5pm, thier still remains no major signs of distrubance, however people remain advised to stay alert as riots still expected before 6pm.

17:09 - An image of people looting a Poundland store.

17:06 - Ali Smith has submitted the following picture of a police van patrolling in Wimbledon -

17:03 - @riotcleanup have tweeted the following - ' Brixton Clean-Up organised for 6.30pm tonight, meet at the Ritzy'

17:01 - It is believed that police expect rioting around Wimbledon to begin soon, and are still instructing the public to head home and or stores to close.

16:59 - Wimbledon Centre Court is being boarded up and guarded by police as they prepare for the worst. Image submitted by @candinski

16:57 - Just a reminder that tommorows England game has been cancelled, those with tickets are able to get a full refund.
Also some Carling Cup fixtures have been postponed.

16:55 - 563 arrests and 10 people charged involved with the London riots say Scotland Yard

16:54 - Workplaces in Mitcham are shutting early and a number of police surround the area.

16:52 - Staff in Sainsburys, Morden, have been warned to close early with fears that rioters will strike.

16:49 - Trains are still running on time at Waterloo through tp Clapham, Earlsfield, Wimbledon and towards Epsom

16:47 - A correction, the image shown below is a smashed window from last night.

16:43 - Still no riots in Wimbledon, but many people expecting them between 5pm and 6pm.

16:41 - Shops are also closing across Sutton.

16:36 - Wimbledon Village has been closed off in some areas because of riots.

16:31 - Another image submitted by Tom Cooper-Smith of a smashed window from last night.

16:29 - Wandsworth and Epsom are also closing stores as the ear of riots continues to spread. till no confirmation as to whether riots in Wimbledon have started.

16:25 Stores such as Pizza Hut have confirmed the early closure of thier shops in areas Central Birmingham, West Croydon,Wimbledon and Croydon.

16:22 - Thier is now talk in Wimbledon that riots are indeed starting in Wimbledon. Although, cannot confirm at this stage.

16:17 - If you have any new information or images you would like to share about riots in any area, then you can contact me either in the comment section below, on my twitter, or by emailing me (my email is in the contact me section).

16:13 - Another image of Wimbledon, this time showing the gates of one entrance into Centre Court shopping centre shut. (Submitted by @missparmnar)

16:09 - A clothes shop (Matches) in Wimbledon Village has had its windows smashed.
This image was posted on Twitter by Tom Cooper-Smith.

16:03 - Yet more people are being evacuated from offices and stores as police prepare for rioting.

16:00 - Tonight London will be filled with 5 times the normal amount of police officers.

15:58 - Talk is spreading that riots will likely start in Wimbledon between 5pm and 6pm today.

15:55- Still quite calm, with Wimbledon getting a lot of focus right now, as many people still await riots.

15:44 - Along with Wimbledon, i've been getting reports that Kingston is also closing shops early. It seems these areas are being looked at as the next targets.

15:41 - Another picture from Rob Watkins, showing a boarded up store in Wimbledon -

15:39 - The following picture of Wimbledon was submitted by Rob Watkins -
It reads - 'Dear Customers, The centre is now closed until further notice'.
This is at 'Centre Court' - The Wimbledon shopping Centre.

15:36 - Still rumours that riots are about to start in Wimbledon, however, the situation is being taken very seriously as many shops close early and people are being instructed to go home.

15:32 - Just a reminder that (as i mentioned in my earlier blog) David Cameron has announced that around 1600 police officers will be on duty today.

15:29 - Urges continue for parents to ensure children are kept home this evening.

15:25 - Despite some rumours, Wimbledon Station remains open, and currently have no plans to close early. Will keep you updated.

15:20 - A number of 'gangs' are currently in Wimbledon, simply waiting.

15:15 - Police seem to be preparing for riots in Wimbledon.(sent by ITV news editor - Rachel Defriez)


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