The feeling at work today was tense. My bus into Croydon was diverted so as not to directly pass the furniture store that was torched last night but I could see the charred remains and the fire brigade still hosing it down. I arrived at work with no issues. At 12:45 pm a manager from our head office called and said that police intelligence told them that things were set to kick off again in Croydon at 1:00 pm.
I put down the phone and not even a minute later 2 helicopters were circling overhead. The road in front of work was busy, saturated with people and cars which is never the case. They were using an alternative route as many roads were blocked off. I wasn’t afraid but nervous. I kept getting updates of different places that were getting looted close by.
Finally at some point the tension broke. The helicopters left and the traffic cleared. I was able to get a ride to a train station in a quiet area and I made my way home. It seems like things may be dying down a bit in London but Manchester is having issues tonight.
London is pulling together. There were clean up efforts around the capitol today. Residents are taking back their streets. Let’s hope the end to this is very near.