It was a day of peace, poignancy, thanksgiving, sadness and joy. I don't remember seeing any police all day. After 3 nights of riots and looting in some parts of London I assume they were all engaged elsewhere or catching up on sleep after the night before.
Everything about the recent riots over the last 3 nights in UK cities is deeply worrying. One thing that has shocked me most is how quickly a small minority can create so much damage to property, people's livelhoods and sense of safety in their own community.
Is there any good news coming out of this? It's encouraging to see how many volunteers have come out on the streets to help where they could in cleaning up the damage, acting together to restore faith in community.
Riotscleanup Blog posted this message today.
"We should start with a thank you. It started as an idea, evolved into a noisy rabble and ended up with hundreds of folk around the Uk, helping to clean up the damage and restore faith in the idea of community. You were spirited, funny, intelligent, patient, hardworking and individual. You came from all angles, from all sexes, races and beliefs, in peace and in love. Thank you for your hearts and minds, arms and legs. Thank you to all who spread the word, kept us informed and helped us organise.Somebody (not sure who) has coined the nickname 'riot wombles' for those who like the 'The Wombles of Wimbledon Common' of the children's story books spend time usefully clearing up after other people. That seems a great way to react positively in the aftermath of rioting and looting.
We hope that peace and sense prevails tonight, so as we continue to clean, we have less work to do. Questions must be asked and the truth will out, keep faith in each other and the strength that provides us.
Be safe and take care whatever your plans are this evening and keep in touch via twitter, we’ll try our best to keep you informed.
In solidarity, as a community we stand.
Love to all1/80,000 of @riotscleanup "
But what pro-actively needs to be done to prevent further escalation of violent lawlesness on our streets? And how can the complex root auses best be tackled?