On riot night: a burnt out car on Foxwood Road

Location of the burnt out car in Foxwood Road
UPDATE:
It seems that the burnt out car was an unfortunate coincidence. From an anonymous commenter below:

You and your readers should be aware that the burnt-out car in Foxwood Road last week was nothing to do with the riots. The car in question had a fault and caught fire, and being parked where it was the fire quickly spread to the house. Thankfully, I understand that no one was hurt and the fire service responded quickly, despite them being busy. An unfortunate coincidence that it happened on the night of the riots!

Whilst there were many untrue stories floating around on “riot night”, the tweets claiming that there was a burnt out car on Foxwood Road (inside The Page Estate) were accurate.

https://twitter.com/buttonjockey/status/100883493315289088

The car has been removed (the one in the photo isn’t damaged), but the evidence is still clear – it must have been a massive blaze- the house nearby has some damage to the front, all the nearby trees have been torched, the lamp post and road sign nearby look totally carbonised.

It looks very out of place on such a quiet road – I feel terribly sorry for whoever was in there – it must have been terrifying. As several people in the blogosphere have commented, there’s something truly Ballardian about what has been going on.

Related: See 853blog for a nearby tweet about Asda that turned out to be untrue, even though it now appears as fact in both the News Hopper and The Gaurdian:

http://853blog.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/charlton-asda-how-a-lie-about-a-fire-even-fooled-the-guardian/
Burnt Foxwood Road road sign after the riots
Burnt trees on Foxwood Road after the riots

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6 responses to “On riot night: a burnt out car on Foxwood Road

  1. rjp

    Meh. We get one every few months in the sunken bit at the top of Maze Hill.

    • Michele O'Brien

      @rjp:
      “We get one every few months in the sunken bit at the top of Maze Hill.’

      Likewise, Blackheath in the immediate aftermath of the riots to my way of thinking didn’t look that much different from the way it often looks. A shop window or two kicked in or at least cracked? I think we have to face the fact that’s not so very different from what happens here any time of the year nowadays after a busy “boisterous” weekend in the Village.

  2. Anonymous

    You and your readers should be aware that the burnt-out car in Foxwood Road last week was nothing to do with the riots. The car in question had a fault and caught fire, and being parked where it was the fire quickly spread to the house. Thankfully, I understand that no one was hurt and the fire service responded quickly, despite them being busy. An unfortunate coincidence that it happened on the night of the riots!

  3. Anonymous

    Hi there. I’d like to share my experience in Blackheath at the weekend as an example of a disproportionate and totally unacceptable response to the riots. The BMW Stephen James garage on Lee Terrace was hit by rioters and has subsequently contracted a security firm using a patrol dog to guard the building when closed. I was walking past on Saturday at 6pm and saw the dog handler taking the dog for a bathroom break on STJoseph’s Vale. At the same time a single woman was walking past and the dog went beserk, barking aggressively at the woman to the point where she stopped in her tracks afraid to continue. The handler made no attempt to control the dog or discipline it – he let it continue. Neither the dog, handler, or woman were on BMW property at this moment! She remained petrified until plucking up the courage to pass it. I watched, with my mother, opened mouthed and, needless to say, kept a wide berth.

    Is it acceptable for a company to intimidate and put at danger the local community in the name of protecting its property? If that handler had dropped the dog’s lead, it would have savaged the woman. I recommend you too keep a wide-berth from this ‘security patrol’.

    • Anonymous

      Dog barks at woman. Gosh.
      “If he had dropped the lead”. He didn’t: he wouldn’t.
      If my auntie had a beard, she would be my uncle.

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