- Posted August 11, 2011 by
Liverpool, United Kingdom
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Rioting in London
Second night of rioting in Liverpool, England
- Cortnee H, CNN iReport producer
Rioting continued for a second night in Liverpool on the 9th August 2011.
I photographed events which took place around midnight in the streets connecting with Smithdown Road and Lodge Lane in the southern districts of Liverpool.
Despite the weather predictions it did not rain and both police and rioters seemed prepared for a another long night of confrontation.
The police assets were significant . The organisation seemed to be a lot more robust than I had seen the previous evening; with 'MATRIX' units, mounted police, K9 units, and camera equipped cvidence gatherers, all arrayed against a mob of youths, mostly males, some armed with lengths of wood, stones, bricks etc.
Both sides went through a period of time where each built up their numbers and nerve.
The mob marched up the hill of Lodge Lane and I saw some of the youths armed with pieces of wood and many wearing hooded jackets and masked with scarves around their faces.
At one point I was way ahead of the police line and as the youths approached, I heard shouts of "Get the photographer", I quickly looked around me and realised "Oops! They mean me!". I beat a hasty retreat under a hail of stones and bricks. Fortunately, I felt a bit more secure than the previous night as I was now wearing a protective helmet; however this didn't stop a brick from hitting me in the backside. Perhaps, this was a message from my guardian angel, warning me that I had got a bit too close to the unfolding drama.
Over the next hour, the police brought up their assets and steadily forced the mob back down the street, passed a burning pyre of wooden pallets.