I agree with the idea of protecting our own streets by being there in numbers, and the madness of people being sent home from work early and shutting down entire streets is basically inviting the looters in.
However, surely there is a crucial point about Green Lanes and Dalston and that is that if you believe the usual stories there are some pretty heavy duty people that operate in and around those Turkish / Kurdish businesses and I'd imagine most of the local kids know that you don't mess with them.
Those people defending the streets of Dalston weren't giving the looters a ticking off. Not sure how many of us on here subscribe to that school of hard knocks - I certainly don't.
Guardian's blog says that Nag's Head area shops are closing down. Hope its all ok in SG? i have an hour journey from work ... :/
I didn't mean literally free Ali, as I'm sure you already knew.
@pie eater thanks. im working out of London, keep having Guardian blog on and they give such information - also a lot of companies are letting people go earlier, which is probably helping to create a sense of nervousness... cant wait to be back in SG!
Anyone know which/if any businesses in Stroud Green are closing early tonight? I have no specific plans, but thought it might be helpful for people who have plans to eat out etc. I might go for a drink later on as I'm inclined to think we shouldn't let this stop us going about our normal lives. Does anyone know if the pubs are closing early?
I’m not even talking about direct confrontation necessarily, not without sufficient advantage in numbers. But if, instead of closing early and being left empty, all the cafes and pubs stay open and people made an active effort to be out and about tonight making sure that anyone looking suspicious knows that they are being watched it would be far more successful than any formal or self-imposed curfew. ‘Eyes on the street’ – it works.
Completely agree Arkady. All London residents in my office have been told to leave early, and around 30 stores in and around the M25 will close at 5pm. It seems to be creating the type of environment that a looter might enjoy....less people around, nobody to give them any beef when they lob a chair through a window, general levels of fear in people that shouldn't be worried. Its compounding the problem IMO.
Right - Stroud Green street party tonight?
I wish I wasn't bankrupt and could afford to actually go out drinking. Never mind, I shall done my waistcoat and hat and stroll the streets with bottle of cider. Maybe I will bamboozle the thugs with pure eccentricity.
Emma - if I'm found dead then you were right.
you should wear the waistcoat in a shocking colour so that if we see you on the street and fancy giving you the money we will know that you will spend it in a noble way by getting drunk locally (and not smashing any shops) ;)
Brodiej How about asking the people doing this why they are doing it ?
The waistcoat will be brown I'm afraid. But there's a feather of many colours in my hat if anyone does want to sub my vigilante drinking.
Maybe best to stick to the Haringey side of SGR, given Islington police have just advised as follows according to the Islington Gazette:
Do not be on the streets unless absolutely necessary. We appeal to parents and all those responsible for young people to work together with police to ensure that youngsters do not get drawn into the kind of disorder we have seen.
Hitech enterprises, Style opticians, Estate 141 and Chapter One have all closed early.
Hope Stroud Green escapes any damage! Trying to follow the going-ons from afar. Horrible stuff.
Currently in Scandinavia, and I would have to disagree with tosscat, I think London/UK could learn a thing or two from these countries...
@Ali They are doing it because they want new trainers, phones and bikes. And because they can. To say anything else is making excuses for them that they aren't even making for themselves.
I don't believe that any of the youths (and adults) that have been out pillaging would have decided to go for a nice game of pool instead, even if there was a youth club open. You can't blame any government for this. Not even Labour for selling off school playing fields thus preventing young people from burning off excess energy and testosterone by playing sport.
@Arky, if you see any likely suspects let me know and will come - armed with lethal shoes.
Check out the "movers and shakers" on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/movers-and-shakers/sports/ref=zg_bs_tab
Chapter One Tosscat? It's only been shut about a year and a half!
Dairy has just tweeted that they are open as normal with pub quiz going ahead.
Gosh, you live and learn :D
Spoke to the staff at the World's End to ask why they were boarding up (and closing at 20:00) - allegedly a gang of '200' ruffians heading down to Finsbury Park from Hornsey (of all places).
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