“It’s just a bunch of bored children who saw the riot in Tottenham, saw there were no police, and decided to see what free stuff they could get from JD Sports.” – a caller on LBC just now.
I was in Greenwich on Monday night, starting in a west Greenwich pub where all was quiet, and gossip passed around about Lewisham, Catford, Deptford, and all places west and south. We moved to an east Greenwich pub where the landlord bolted the doors down at reports of kids roaming the streets nearby. But if the point was confronting police, we’d be fine, surely? Out with someone heading towards Woolwich, we elected to get a cab back. The driver talked about the trouble he’d seen and where he was avoiding. It was a quiet night
Pulling onto Trafalgar Road, we laughed at unfit kids on bikes riding as fast as they could down Trafalgar Road, one doing a wheelie as he passed us. Coming into Charlton though, we came across a swarm of kids at the alley to the retail park and Asda. One adjusted a handkerchief over his face as we turned into Victoria Way, which was covered in the wrappings from looted clothes. Moving up the road, we had to pull over as three looters’ cars sped up the road. Not a police car or vehicle in sight.
There’s been a lot of bullshit and rumours tonight – most laughably, Sky News earnestly discussing video from Woolwich as being evidence of violence in Liverpool. But on top of the well-reported trouble in Woolwich and Lewisham, and looting at the Charlton retail parks, there’s also been documented trouble in Deptford and Catford and smashed windows in Blackheath Village. And that’s just within walking distance of where I am.
Brockley Central has more on what happened across south-east London, and did a far better job than the News Shopper did:
There were no riots in Greenwich itself, although there are reports of damage to a mobile phone shop in the town centre. Not that it’s contained on the News Shopper’s site. Didn’t stop the misleading headline, though.
There was no fire at Asda in Charlton. Didn’t stop the News Shopper from reporting it though.
If you’ve first-hand experiences of what happened in SE London on Monday night, unlike the News Shopper, please feel free to share them below. Heaven knows what Tuesday will bring…