Looting in Walthamstow

Two shots of Walthamstow High Street earlier this morning, following overnight looting which spread through parts of northeast London including Walthamstow and Enfield, some 24 hours after riots in nearby Tottenham. Strangely quiet after the endless sirens last night, and most residents who are out and about seem genuinely shocked, describing the people who did this to their High Street as ‘stupid’, ‘idiots’, ‘bastards’. Damage to/theft from BHS, Barclays, Blue Inc, Co-op among other places, 50ish arrests made. Please don’t anyone say this (Walthamstow) had anything to do with protest or politics.

A smashed cash statement machine lies in the street in front of Barclays Bank, Walthamstow High Street, in the wake of looting (following riots and looting in nearby Tottenham 24 hours earlier), morning of 8 August 2011, E17, London, UK

Workmen repair the shopfront of Blue Inc, Walthamstow High Street, in the wake of looting (following riots and looting in nearby Tottenham 24 hours earlier), morning of 8 August 2011, E17, London, UK

Images © Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use.

3 thoughts on “Looting in Walthamstow”

  1. This makes me sad. I lived for 2 years in walthamstow when i went to college. My sister still lives there. She said as she walked down to the market today she felt sad over all that had happened.

    But this ha nothing to do with th protest. Same with Brixton. It is happening because it can.

  2. Powerful images. I am a writer and Walthamstow resident, and would like to use one of your images in a blog post on the riots. Can you let me know if this is ok? My email address is tim [at] rethinkingchildhood [dot] com. I would be happy to link back to this post.

  3. Pingback: Yes, some young people behaved appallingly in the riots – but the vast majority did not | Rethinking Childhood

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