Riots hit Peckham
I am reporting from Peckham.
My friend and I had a warning that something may happen as shopkeepers started closing and supermarkets, such as Morrisons, were barricaded. The owner of a internet cafe was very worried. Some newsagents kept open as long as possible.
Much of the Peckham community were talking on mobile phones on the streets and speaking to strangers. There was a strange edgy atmosphere. We didn't know whether to stay home or get out of town, but we realised that no other town seemed safe either. We thought that we may have to stay at a hotel elsewhere for safety. We prepared our dinner but only my friend managed to eat his. I ate mine at 9pm when it was quieter and my tea went cold.
I was unable to find information on Twitter as the site wouldn't load properly which was really annoying, so I was very reliant on my family at home who kept me posted on what building caught fire and people out on the street. We could see smoke from a shop in the main road from the flat not far from the main road. This made me try and pack my bags and leave but we decided it was safer at home. It got quite scary as small crowds of young people started to congregate along Peckham Rye Lane, either to watch what was going on or perhaps even take part. Not long after, vehicles and a bus was set on fire. I saw parents looting with their children, carrying beer , and running guiltily into the side streets..
Male looters carried strange items such as toilet rolls and dog food.
Gun shot type sounds were heard in Peckham, and throughout the evening sirens were heard. The police have closed parts of the streets. I saw young males with scarves walk past the house. Old ladies stood in the street worrying if they would be able to sleep at night. A woman said her relative was a policeman who had to come from Liverpool to attend the London Riots. She said there is a possibility that the riots in Peckham may go on all night. We were shocked there was no response from Cameron. One person I am holed up in Peckham said that it was quiet outside on the road next to the flat and said ' the mob is watching the telly seeing the bad stuff they did'. A man who worked in a school said that kids may brag about what they did at school and then get caught by the police. Update: 2230 hours. No sirens in Peckham, much quieter. Cameron returning to London. It also turns out that if we stayed in a hotel, we would have gone to Croydon!
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