They came armed with brooms and the odd wheelbarrow.Not organised by anything other than willpower and social media. No hard hats, no H&S risk assessment, they just came and cleaned up.
Where youths had roamed the streets with bricks and bats just hours earlier, a new army had appeared.
Invoking London’s famous ‘Blitz spirit’, volunteers responded defiantly to the worst violence the city has witnessed in decades by rolling up their sleeves and helping in the clean-up.
A man who bravely remonstrated with a mob of rioters was fighting for his life last night after being beaten up in front of police.I know what the call will be for, as a result of this. Routine arming of the police.
Hopelessly outnumbered, a single police officer watched as the lone man, said to be white and aged in his mid-40s to 50s, was set upon by a large mob of armed black teenagers after he confronted them for setting two industrial bins alight.