Fighting back with brooms: London citizens clean up after the riots

Photo of cleanup effort posted to Twitpic by @jwerdigier
 
After a third night of violent riots, London residents armed with brooms and plastic bags are literally picking up the pieces.
 
Concerned citizens have taken to the streets to clear up the debris after the devastating riots. Early Tuesday morning, Twitter was abuzz with calls to clean up the city after the worst night of riots yet. Twitterers used the hashtags #riotcleanup and #riotwomble, the latter getting lots of laughs, “Wombles” being characters from a British childrens television show in the 1970s who cleaned up the rubbish in the London neighbourhood of Wimbledon.
 
Some citizens are also putting their special skills to good use: a group of handymen in London have offered to help out any homeowners or businesses that suffered damage in the riots free of charge. Other tradesmen are also volunteering their help through a Facebook page.
 
A website has also been set up to list the locations of cleanups, encouraging everyone to join in.
 
There are real concerns that there may be many more clean ups ahead. Police say a 26-year-old man has died after being shot in a car during Monday’s riots; many fear this could fuel a fourth night of violence.
 
Tuesday morning, local leaders in Hackney called on citizens to help clean up neighboring communities hit by the riots. Video posted to TwitVid by Clean Up London
 
An army of helpers get ready to clean up Clapham in south London. Photo posted toTwitpic by @Debenhams.
 
 
Volunteers get to work in Clapham. Photo posted toTwitpic by @HeardinLondon.
Contributors

“This morning, I thought ‘this isn’t my city.’ Seeing people cleaning up the streets really helped me regain my faith”

Ruwayda Mustafah is a blogger and law student who lives in Wandsworth, south London.
 
Here in London, average people didn’t know what to do. We felt helpless. You can’t go out and confront the youth
who are rioting, because you could get hurt. So this cleanup is a way of saying, we are against rioting, and we love our city. It’s a way to move forward.
 
Last night was terrifying. I spent hours at my window, watching the shopping centre across the road. I had to call the police twice to stop youths trying to break into stores. The riots have been just devastating to businesses in this area, especially small businesses, which have much more to lose.
 
This morning, when I saw images of the night’s destruction, I thought, “this isn’t my city.” But later, seeing people cleaning up the streets really helped me regain my faith. I went down to Clapham Junction, just ten minutes from my house. It was full of broken glass from store windows that had been smashed in. Many people had come out armed with gloves, bin bans, even snacks. And above all, good spirits. Dozens of us worked alongside the city cleanup crews, so the area was cleaned up really quickly.
 
The rioters have made their point. And we’ve taken that point. Something is wrong in our community. But enough is enough - it’s going too far. They’re mostly targeting areas where poor people live, and now these people have to deal with huge setbacks in their communities.”
 
A broom-wielding army. Photo posted to Twitpic by @benjaminfgray.
 
Underground riders carrying their brooms on their way to a cleanup. Photo posted to Twitpic by @tashanacom.
 

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London Riots

Same old story....Follow the leader!
This a story of a few KIDS!
It just takes a few troublemaker to stir up what happened.
This isn't new or unexpected from the police they have a protocol for this sort of event.
How can they react so harshly wen you have protests on TIBET and they do nothing to stop a few punks braking everything in site?
I don't buy that I'm sure theirs a lot more to this story....
Anyone that thinks this is a case of social unrest is ill informed because poverty has and will always be there so how can everyone blame POVERTY as a main source for this unrest?
The UK police department is not ill equipped and have CCTV to work with so how can anyone suggest that poverty is to blame.
The Police Department did not do their job. Its that simple.
With all the technology they have invested in peeping in peoples lives in the UK they should have been able to stop these little kids.
This looks very bad for the UK Police Response.
It looks like amateur hour for the UK police!
According to the reports I witnessed the troublemakers were between 14 to 25 years of age.
If they cant take care of a bunch of little kids.... what exactly is CCTV good for????
Making Assumptions is easy. Observing the truth is the tricky part?

Good Evening Y'All.

Reality

What is the difference between the "clean up" crowd and the "burn everything" crowd?

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