The best and the worst
The best people I met on my tour around the city centre were those who had come to help clear up. This is a photograph of the volunteer clean up crew.
Thanks to the efforts of the city council's staff who started work at 6am most of the mess had been cleared up by this point.
The aftermath of the worst is really looking at the attempts to steal a cashpoint machine.
All we had was an attempt to loot things. This does not warrant dressing up as anything more than this.
I am now updating my earlier post following meeting with The Chief Constable, other Police Officers and The Deputy Prime Minister.
The looting and vandalism (which is a concentration on looting and "free stuff") is done by ill disciplined youths who are out to get a small amount of money and get up to mischief. Nothing more should be read into it or the other events other than the event in Tottenham which was the catalyst. It is not as technically driven as people think although there is some organisation going on. It is not the serious gang members because the amounts of money involved are generally not worth the risk of being caught and punished.
I support the police strategy of maximising arrests and prosecutions.
Although we do need to find jobs for people generally (not only for young people) that is not related to these acts of theiving. The government needs to back parents and schools in creating a disciplined environment and ensure that the criminals involved are caught and punished.