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    Posted August 17, 2011 by
    London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
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    Rioting in London

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    Enfield Town raided on 7th August -- London Riots


    Enfield Town in the north border of London was attacked in the night of Sunday 7th August 2011 by over 100 mobs from outside areas, gathered using SNS. After the Police force gained control of the first riot spot Tottenham, the flow of mob changed courses into nearby areas. As soon as receiving the information, the police deployed their members immediately, which resulted as no dead and no fire, that is great achievement during the period of riots.

    However, some damages were unavoidable. The old local department store, Pearson’s, was smashed up its show window and violated, as well as a police car destroyed in front of the shop (pictured). A shop inside (Shades of Time) got damages of £25,000, from broken showcases to stolen brand jewellery and watches such as of Emporio Armani, DKNY, Thomas Sabo and Ted Baker that attracted looters.

    Other businesses such as T-mobile, HMV, Starbuck’s, a local jeweller, chemists, a bathroom shop, restaurants, a printing shop, a solicitor office were damaged as well. Brick walls around the medical clinics and a chemist was destroyed and used to attack the chemist and neighbouring businesses.

    Whilst forensic evidences are taken, the sites of crime in town centre are closed following day. This led temporary closure of the most of high street businesses including banks and a post office, and massive traffic disruption. The police was very busy also answering queries of available services, the location of temporary bus stops and alternative traffic routes.

    Enfield Town was developed along with highway after a cloister had been build in the 12th century (the church is still in service), and working as a centre of the area by time with the market, post office, grammar school, train stations, and civic centre. There are established communities working together. The raid shocked residents.

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