One witness, who asked not to be named, described “around 200” people “screaming” in the street.
The Balls Pond Road resident told the Standard: “I was leaving my house and I heard a lot of sirens.
“As I walked up Balls Pond Road I saw around 200 people gathered outside of the shops, they were mainly girls and were screaming.
“It was terrifying. One of them smashed a bottle against a bin and they all ran.
“I was walking on the other side of the road and people there started running away too.”Ahhhh, feel the enrichment!
This just in from our correspondent in Dalston...
A Met Police spokeswoman said officers were unable to locate a disturbance while Hackney Police wrote on Twitter that they were monitoring the situation.As much use as a chocolate teapot. They can't even get their story straight.
A statement read: “We deployed units & group were also monitored on CCTV.
Sometimes our presence can inflame situations so we move away.”Well, of course! Sod the poor public. They just pay your wages so their streets are safe, eh? Cue no end of 'Mah resources! Cuts! Tories!' from police Twitter accounts:
But hey, you're possibly right, lads. Maybe there's no social timebomb created by allowing youths unchecked by their parents and 'community' to also go unchecked by the (supposed) forces of law and order.
We can look at Somalia to see the potential future of such a lack of determination to preserve order, can't we?
Or....we could look at Croydon?