A massive fight broke out in Tooting Broadway last night between two rival gangs of armed yobs. Shoppers ran for their lives as 30 youths aged 14-20 attacked each other with wood, iron bars and bottles in Sainsbury’s car park at around 6pm.Yet more vibrant protagonists:
It began in Mitcham Road outside McDonald’s, where a group of what are believed to be Somali youths began taunting some Asians, according to one witness.Yet more fed-up residents:
Mark Shaw, 46, frontman of 80s band Then Jerico, was caught in the chaos while carrying his shopping to the car. He said: “They picked up sticks and anything they could find. There were people screaming and shouting.
"It was like a war zone. We were absolutely terrified.
“It makes me feel angry and disgusted with the Government because this country is being over-run by little scumbags.”Yet more too little, too late frontline policing:
Within minutes, three police cars arrived but the youths bolted and it is not yet known whether any were arrested.Yet more confirmation that this is becoming normal:
Rob Sanson, manager of A Bar 2 Far, witnessed part of the fight but said it was no different to normal. He said: “There’s always antisocial behaviour, throwing bottles, smoking weed, selling drugs and everything.
“We are trying to run a clean business but we are being sidetracked by them. They are putting off our customers.”Yet more senior ranking officer trotting out bland & soothing reassurance that we should believe the force's 'community engagement strategy', and not our lyin' eyes:
Inspector Dale Anderton from Tooting safer neighbourhoods team (SNT), said: “It was an isolated incident.
"It seems that a group of up to 20 people attended the area intent on exacting some sort of revenge for a minor assault on a youth earlier in the week.
“They then met up with another group of about 20 and a fight broke out.”
He added behaviour in the area had improved recently, but that officers were increasing their patrols to tackle the remaining problems.Coming soon to a street near you. Unless you are a senior politician, magistrate or police officer...