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Screened out

Crime Screens coming to Blackheath on Monday
Here’s a sneak preview of the crime screens coming to Blackheath on Monday. Photo by @Nicole_Nation in Lewisham. That is some seriously tacky looking screenage. I really hope the police aren’t paying promogroup for those terrible looking screens. Nice to see private enterprise working hand in hand with the police.

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Big screen and big brother


On Monday the police are planning to bring a large video screen to Blackheath, in order to project images of suspected looters from around the area. I’d love to know how many convictions will result from this. All it will do is make people feel as though they live in a police state. Maybe we could all stand in front of the screens and hurl abuse too?

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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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Most of the kids are alright

The best article I’ve read on the riots.

Most of the kids are alright

(Ignore the dumb adults-only warning when you click on the link. Livejournal seem to be losing the plot.)

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Stoke that fear

Blackheath in a time of unrest by Charlie Beaumont
There aren’t hundreds of youths stalking across the heath towards your home. Anyone who tweeted that doesn’t realise the consequences of stirring up fear. Neither it seems are the National Front heading into Lewisham, or if they are they’re taking a very long time about it…

You really don’t want the army called in, or martial law declared. Encouraging vigilante groups isn’t going to help, even though I’m not sure how a pub vigil is any different from just sitting in the pub (a procedure I would usually be in favour of). Certain people who aren’t going to be dignified with a link here should stop criticising local councillors, and try and behave more responsibly. It’s not a great time to be scoring cheap political points in either direction.

The scariest thing about the rioters is that there is no agenda. There is no manifesto. It’s not “for” anything, except rage or theft.
Great post here from the Phantom.
Surprisingly good editorial here in the Telegraph.
Photo by twitter user @CharlieBeaumont

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London Riots

Photo of looters in Lewisham from @kate_day
At about 17:40 this evening, Mrs Bugle was dumped off a 185 bus near Rosenthal Road this evening by a cowardly bus driver who when he saw a load of people looting a shop. Rather than getting his passengers to safety, he opened the doors in front of the shop, dumped the bus and ran away. He left the passengers to fend for themselves. She ran away towards Ladywell, and called 3 different taxi companies who all said they couldn’t pick her up because of the riots in Lewisham. She was with her 15 year old niece, and only managed to get home because a passing black cab driver took pity on them and picked them up. She didn’t have enough cash on her to give him a tip.
Twitpic by @kate_day showing looters breaking into Argos in Lewisham
UPDATE:
The clothes shop Rogue in the village has been smashed up:
Rogue clothes shop smashed up in Blackheath.  Photo by Joss Crowley
Photo by @josscrowley
Another angle by @bigredferno:
Rogue looting photo by @bigredferno

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