An expert in criminal justice has said she is not surprised the riots spread so quickly to Nottingham.Oh?
Dr Judith Rowbotham, reader in historical criminal justice studies at Nottingham Trent University, teaches a module on the history of rioting,Well, you’re the ‘expert’, so what do you make of it?
She said: "I think it is because Nottingham has a substantially young population.
"The police force in Nottingham don't seem to be particularly well respected.
"There are very clear city areas in Nottingham, as well as places like Birmingham and Bristol, where you have groups of young people, who seem to make up most of the rioters, and they seem to be having fun doing it."
Dr Rowbotham said the riots don't seem to be typical, as there is no clear political cause or statement being made.I guess your field is just too narrow, love.
"People who riot are making a point – if you didn't have the vote or you were unhappy about a whole range of things, you rioted to make your point very clear. But with these riots, there doesn't seem to be a clear cause. What seems so far to be the most striking fact about these riots is the destruction of property.I guess your module didn’t cover this sort of thing. Maybe, in the future, it should?
"One of the most interesting things if you look at the images, is that the young men and women involved are having a ball.A reluctance by whom?
"They are getting new electrical devices, clothing and food for free. What's to stop them going back on the street – especially if there is a reluctance to help police.
"Policing works when they have the support of the community – if they haven't got that then I can't see it stopping any time soon."The rioters and looters are ‘the community’ now.
I guess Rowbotham is just another on the long, long list of enablers of the next riot…